The NUJ today called for Newsquest management to enter talks as strike action takes place by journalists at the company's centres in Brighton, Darlington and Southampton.
Industrial action has followed a company-wide pay freeze as well as redundancies.
NUJ deputy general secretary Michelle Stanistreet said: "We've sought to resolve our dispute with Newsquest through the conciliation service ACAS, but chief executive Paul Davison has rebuffed this effort.
"However, Newsquest does say it has no objection to its local journalism centres using the services of ACAS to seek a negotiated settlement. So, the NUJ's challenge to Newsquest is clear: let's get round the table and start having some serious talks now. We're ready to talk – what's Newsquest waiting for?"
- Pic: Strikers make early start outside the Argus office in Brighton today, from Argus Strike Blog.