Thursday, 9 June 2011

Strike at Newsquest South London next week

NUJ members at Newsquest in South London are to go on strike next Wednesday and Thursday (June 15 and 16) in a dispute over job cuts and editorial quality.

The journalists are already working to rule, and the strike announcement follows a ballot vote for the action. The NUJ members had previously adopted a unanimous vote of no confidence in their top management after a company decision to make an unspecified number of editorial staff redundant.

NUJ head of publishing Barry Fitzpatrick said: "Our members' overwhelming decision to take strike action in defence of jobs and quality was the inevitable result of a wrong-headed management policy. But it is not too late for the company to show some sense and sit down with us to discuss the future security of the papers which are so important to our members and their communities."

Newsquest London has announced job cuts at the Croydon Guardian, Elmbridge Guardian, Epsom Guardian, Kingston Guardian, Streatham Guardian, Surrey Comet, Sutton Guardian, Wandsworth Guardian and Wimbledon Guardian.

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