Journalists in the NUJ union at Sheffield Newspapers have launched a campaign to fight back against redundancies after passing a vote of no confidence in the newspaper’s editor.
Staff unanimously backed the vote of no confidence in editor Alan Powell in a chapel (workplace union branch) meeting on Thursday of last week.
They vowed to fight plans for five compulsory redundancies and an unknown number of voluntary redundancies.
Bosses also want to close The Star newspaper’s offices in Rotherham and Barnsley.
The cuts were announced to staff on Wednesday of last week by email. Johnston Press owns Sheffield Newspapers.
Julia Armstrong, the NUJ mother of the chapel, said, “Feelings are running high and people are angry.
“We feel The Star is paying the price for Johnston Press’s greedy spending spree over the last few years and bad decisions taken by senior management.
“The company relies on the goodwill, loyalty and dedication of its staff who earn meagre salaries well below the national average wage.
“Our staff have put in many dedicated years of service around the clock – and this is how they are repaid.
“We believe the way to sell more newspapers is to invest in editorial content rather than employ a skeleton staff and we will fight these cuts.”
NUJ members at the Brighton Argus have agreed to ballot for industrial action if owner Newsquest’s threat of compulsory redundancies is not lifted.
Bosses want to cut ten jobs, close the weekly Sport Argus and only print one edition of the Argus paper.