Members of the National Union of Journalists chapel at Newsquest's Stourbridge-based newspapers have told the publisher they will not do the work of professional photographers facing redundancy.
They passed a motion, which also threatens industrial action, to oppose compulsory redundancies as the publisher plans to cut four photographer roles down to one full-time equivalent on its Worcestershire titles.
The NUJ said that other chapels are expected to follow the same line as staff photographers and picture desk staff are targeted for redundancy.
The motion said: “We, as the Stourbridge Newsquest NUJ chapel, resolve to remind Newsquest that as a chapel we are opposed to compulsory redundancies within the editorial department at Newsquest Stourbridge.
“Should the company make compulsory redundancies the chapel has resolved to meet and consider the possibility of industrial action.
“We also wish to make it clear that, as reporters, we are opposed to the replacement of professional photographers by other staff.
“Therefore NUJ members have resolved not to accept assignments which would normally be given to professional photographers.”