MEN Media will shed more than 80 staff in a new round of voluntary redundancies.
The Guardian Media Group-owned company, which publishes 24 regional and local newspapers, including the Manchester Evening News, called for the redundancies last month because of tough advertising conditions and continued investment in new media.
Last Friday, the NUJ chapel at MEN Media rejected the offer of a 2.5 per cent pay increase. The chapel has promised industrial action if the company imposes compulsory redundancies.
A chapel spokesman said: "Even if volunteers can be found in enough numbers to satisfy the bean-counters, those left behind will have the task of filling rotas which currently stretch across 18 hours a day."