Journalists call strike ballot at North West Evening Mail

NUJ members at the North West Evening Mail are to ballot for industrial action over parent company Cumbrian Newspapers’ proposals to axe jobs in the region.

CN Group announced last month that 30 jobs were likely to go across the group’s titles, a figure that later rose to 40.

According to the NUJ, four of these will be at the Evening Mail in Barrow-in-Furness. Members fear the cuts will force journalists to work longer hours.

Northern regional organiser Chris Morley said the Evening Mail chapel members would fight any compulsory redundancies.

‘They are not prepared to see colleagues picked off and their workload fall on the shoulders of those who remain,’he said.

‘Health and safety is already under threat from long hours and journalists on the North West Evening Mail fear that the planned reorganisation will make things worse.”

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