Journalists at Newsquest York are balloting for industrial action following a group-wide pay freeze and job cuts.
Newsquest York journalists went on strike earlier this year and finally reached an agreed 3 per cent pay deal, which has been removed by the company’s pay freeze.
Management have also refuse to guarantee there will be no compulsory redundancies.
The National Union of Journalists chapel on The Press and associated papers are holding two simultaneous ballots – results to be known on 5 January.
This follows reports last week that York Press editor Kevin Booth; Chris Buxton, editor of York-based weekly Gazette and Herald series; and Newsquest York managing director Steve Hughes have also been given notice of redundancy and invited to apply for the new single role of managing editor across the division.
NUJ Northern Regional Organiser Chris Morley said: ‘The union members at York want to have clear mandates to take action over pay or job cuts.
‘They are angry that management have gone back on their word over wages.
‘And in view if what is happening elsewhere in Newsquest they want to put a marker down that they will not stand back and allow anyone to be shown the door against their will.”