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Sheffield journalists vote for action

Issue No. 2117

NUJ members working at Johnston Press newspaper the Sheffield Star and its sister titles have voted to take industrial action over cutbacks.

Some 68 percent of its members at Johnston Press’s Sheffield Newspapers subsidiary voted for a walkout, with 85 percent voting for action short of a strike.

NUJ members will meet on Monday to decide what action to take over their concerns about an alleged lack of investment in “quality journalism”, redundancies and plans to close district offices in Barnsley and Rotherham.

“Members at the Sheffield Star have voted resoundingly in favour of strike action. This isn’t something they will have done lightly, but it’s clear that they feel incredibly strongly about the future of their paper. The proposed cuts are bad for the Star and the communities it serves,” said Jenny Lennox, the NUJ assistant organiser.

The NUJ is consulting all its members on Johnston Press newspapers across the UK and Ireland over possible industrial action following a series of cuts, closures and planned job losses at the company.

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Tue 2 Sep 2008, 18:37 BST
Issue No. 2117
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