Telegraph journalists say yes to strike action

Some 76 per cent of NUJ members at Telegraph Group who voted have said yes to possible industrial action.

The strike ballot follows drastic changes to working practices which have followed the move from Canary Wharf to Victoria – completed last week – including 24/7 working rotas.

Staff are also unhappy about 54 compulsory redundancies. An artists impression of the Telegraph's new multimedia newsroom "hub" is pictured.

According to the NUJ, the strike vote comes “as a result of a huge up swell of anger among long-suffering staff at the papers, who feel that their concerns over a range of issues have been ignored by managers.”

NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear said: “Our members at the Telegraph have had no choice but to take the ultimate step and vote to strike. Management have only themselves to blame.

"They should have seen this coming months ago and done something to reassure staff rather than high-handedly pushing on with painful and unpopular changes.

"Members of the NUJ chapel repeatedly asked to be properly consulted and repeatedly managers ignored them and went over their heads.”

National newspapers organiser Barry Fitzpatrick said: “The Telegraph group cannot treat a proud and professional workforce in this way and not suffer the consequences.

“Staff at the papers are extremely loyal. They have been driven to take this action because they feel that their legitimate concerns are not being recognised and addressed by their managers. There has been a damaging breakdown in relations which must be resolved.”

NUJ members are number around 246 out 376 Telegraph Group staff journalists. They are expected to hold a chapel meeting this afternoon to decide on whether to take the mandated industrial action, and if so in what form.

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