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Week-long walkout set at Newsquest to stop cuts

Issue No. 2525

NUJ Newsquest members in south London on strike in June last year

NUJ Newsquest members in south London on strike in June last year (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Journalists working on regional newspapers in South London were set to begin a week-long strike on Thursday of this week.

Members of the NUJ union at Newsquest South London are fighting job cuts that will mean journalists are seriously overworked.

They had been set to begin the walkout last Thursday, but suspended it for talks at conciliation service Acas to show “good faith”.

Plans to strike resumed after Newsquest bosses refused to back down, and an NUJ spokesperson accused them of treating workers with “contempt”.

But the length of the strike has been reduced from the initial plan of two weeks to one.

Journalists at Newsquest South London also struck last year against a restructure that saw jobs cut across a range of regional papers.

The strike was solid and well supported. But the cuts went through after the strikers ended their action early for talks “as a sign of goodwill”.

Newsquest bosses have shown they are ruthless and determined to force through their attacks on workers.

It will take equally ruthless and determined action to stop them.

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