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Strike negotiations may be used to prevent Newsquest walkout

Industrial action may be set to take place at Newsquest offices across the country.

02 December 2010

News rooms across the country may become involved in strike negotiations as members of the National Union of Journalists prepare to take ballots to decide on whether they should take industrial action.

Individuals employed by Newsquest in offices across the country, including Blackburn, Bolton, Bradford and York, are planning to vote on whether they should create picket lines in a row over job cuts and pay freezes.

Following a ballot, 78 per cent of people tied to the union at the Darlington establishment were in favour of taking strike action.

"The overwhelming vote by our members at Darlington gives the strongest possible signal to the company that enough is enough," said Chris Morley, northern & midlands organiser for the union.

He added that there is a determined mood among the company's employees to ensure the firm cannot commit even more "vandalism" to the newspapers that it produces and associated websites.

It was recently reported that strike negotiations between the BBC and the NUJ were set to come to an end after the two parties reached an agreement over staff pension contributions.

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