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York journalists vow to fight redundancies

Issue No. 2107

Members of the NUJ journalists’ union at the Press and the Gazette & Herald in York have vowed to fight compulsory redundancies after the newspapers’ owners Newsquest announced the loss of eight jobs in the editorial department.

Workers at the titles struck for five days recently in a battle for fair pay. The cuts were announced the same day that the NUJ entered talks with management at the Acas conciliation service.

Around 20 jobs are to go across Newsquest York.

Tony Kelly and Sam Southgate, joint fathers of the chapel (workplace union reps), said, “Newsquest York raked in a profit of £4.3 million last year, but again it is imposing cuts on a workforce which are being dictated to by its US owners Gannett.

“We are totally opposed to the idea of compulsory redundancies and are prepared to fight them as much as possible.”

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Tue 24 Jun 2008, 18:51 BST
Issue No. 2107
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