Manchester Evening News journalists are voting whether to strike over plans to introduce a morning edition.
The launch has been postponed for a month while union representatives negotiate with management. Strike ballot papers were issued on Tuesday and on Wednesday NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear was involved in talks between staff and management.
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According to management, the morning edition is being introduced to compensate for possible late delivery during a period when printing presses are being renewed.
More than half of the paper’s 100 journalists have begun grievance procedures as a result of the proposed change. Union representatives have opposed the move because it would require more weekend and evening working.
Evening News NUJ mother of chapel Judy Gordon said: “The chapel is adamant that it doesn’t want to work these changed shifts. We are having difficult but constructive talks.”
MEN editor Paul Horrocks said: “We are continuing to have talks with the NUJ and we are hopeful of a resolution, which will see a morning edition commence on 1 November.”
The result of the strike ballot is expected to be known on 31 October.
By Dominic Ponsford