NUJ: Newsquest backs off from compulsory cuts at Bury

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Newsquest has called off plans to impose compulsory redundancies at the Bury Times as part of the paper’s move to centralised sub-editing in Blackburn.

NUJ father of chapel David Thomson said journalists had warned they would ballot for industrial action if management did not introduce a voluntary aspect to the job cuts. According to the union, Newsquest has now agreed to ask for volunteers.

NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear said in a statement: “While we oppose the current torrent of cuts it is still gratifying to note that all over Britain and Ireland NUJ chapels, with the support of our officials, are stopping compulsory redundancies, saving jobs, enhancing redundancy deals and winning pay rises and other concessions for those left behind.”

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