The newsroom at the Milton Keynes Citizen is set to shut down next week as journalists go on a three-day strike next week over pay.
The National Union of Journalists said the action, which is set to begin on Monday, would ‘seriously disrupt’the production of the Johnston Press-owned paper as well as its sister titles and editions.
The union has been calling for a 3.5 per cent pay increase for the paper’s journalists but its management has offered 3 per cent.
NUJ newspapers organiser Barry Fitzpatrick said: ‘For members to stand up and take such significant action says an awful lot about how strongly they feel.
‘The quality ofâ€¦ reporting will suffer if nothing is done and after ten months of fruitless negotiations, our members feel that they have no choice.”
Negotiations between the union chapel and management go back to February last year and have so far produced no deal, despite the involvement of conciliation service ACAS.