By Sarah Lagan
NUJ journalists have voted overwhelmingly in
favour of strike action against job cuts at Northcliffe’s Bristol
Evening Post and Western Daily Press.
- January 17, 2018
- January 3, 2018
- December 19, 2017
The union said 61 of the 82
journalists who voted in an official ballot yesterday were in favour of
a strike while 21 voted against.
A final meeting is due tomorrow to decide whether to go ahead with the strike.
union’s decision followed a consultative meeting with Northcliffe about
the possible 36 job losses at the titles. Last week Northcliffe
announced around 20 jobs could go from editorial on top of a reported 7
non replacements. More redundancies are expected to be announced in the
features, business and admin departments.
Journalists are due to hold a fourth day of action later today.
Daily Press FoC Paul Breeden said: “Journalists at the two papers see
strike action as a very last resort. But we are at a loss at how to get
our views across to management in any other way.
“It became clear
last week that the consultation process is a sham because the company
is not prepared to negotiate on the number of job losses – something
that the DTI’s legal guidelines say it must do.”