Some 140 journalists at the Financial Times newspaper have voted to ballot for strike action unless management cancels its programme of compulsory redundancies.
The near unanimous vote was taken at a packed meeting on Thursday of last week. Management has until Wednesday of this week to meet the journalists’ demands.
The current round of redundancies has targeted reporters, but managers have made it clear they want a further round of job cuts on the production side of the paper.
Journalists have rushed to join the NUJ union both before and after the vote.
The mood is one of determined unity against pay freezes, redundancies, bullying management and a sharp decline in working conditions.