View all newsletters
Sign up for our free email newsletters

Fighting for quality news media in the digital age.

  1. News
August 28, 2013

Newsquest journalists in Glasgow vote in support of strike for second time

By Gavriel Hollander

Journalists at Newsquest’s Glasgow titles have voted in favour of strike action for the second time after an initial ballot last month was challenged over its legality.

The National Union of Journalists claimed that turnout among its members at the Glasgow Herald, Sunday Herald and Evening Times increased for the second ballot, where 97 per cent of those who voted were in favour of some form of industrial action with 76.4 per cent supporting strike action.

The dispute is over editorial cuts at the titles, where 20 jobs are at risk, with eight set to be axed through compulsory redundancies.

Earlier this month, Newsquest challenged the legality of an initial ballot in which 86 per cent were in favour of a strike and 96 per cent voted for industrial action.

It is thought the company claimed that the NUJ had not given sufficient notice of the ballot and also challenged it on other technicalities.

The NUJ is arguing against the compulsory job cuts and campaigning for better redundancy terms for those affected. It has also expressed concern over the introduction of a new production system being brought in at the same time as the redundancies.

The union claims the company will save around £700,000 from the cuts.

Content from our partners
Publishing on the open web is broken, how generative AI could help fix it
Impress: Regulation, arbitration and complaints resolution
Papermule: Workflow automation for publishers

Paul Holleran, NUJ Scottish organiser, said: “This shows the strength of feeling among editorial staff against the harsh imposition of job cuts on the cheap. This company needs to understand the NUJ will not stand back and let members be treated like this. We offered to negotiate the changes as we have done in other newspaper companies but for some reason Newsquest preferred conflict to a constructive partnership approach.”

The NUJ chapel at the papers will meet later this week to discuss what action to take.

Email to point out mistakes, provide story tips or send in a letter for publication on our "Letters Page" blog

Select and enter your email address Weekly insight into the big strategic issues affecting the future of the news industry. Essential reading for media leaders every Thursday. Your morning brew of news about the world of news from Press Gazette and elsewhere in the media. Sent at around 10am UK time. Our weekly does of strategic insight about the future of news media aimed at US readers. A fortnightly update from the front-line of news and advertising. Aimed at marketers and those involved in the advertising industry.
  • Business owner/co-owner
  • CEO
  • COO
  • CFO
  • CTO
  • Chairperson
  • Non-Exec Director
  • Other C-Suite
  • Managing Director
  • President/Partner
  • Senior Executive/SVP or Corporate VP or equivalent
  • Director or equivalent
  • Group or Senior Manager
  • Head of Department/Function
  • Manager
  • Non-manager
  • Retired
  • Other
Visit our privacy Policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications.
Thank you

Thanks for subscribing.

Websites in our network