Threats of legal action over a strike vote at The Herald, Sunday Herald and Evening Times have forced the NUJ to call a fresh ballot, the union announced on Thursday.
The union accused management at the Newsquest titles of “exploiting the anti-trade union legislation that exists in the UK”.
NUJ general secretary, Michelle Stanistreet, said: “Rather than acknowledge the overwhelming result of the ballot and the strength of feeling that exists among their journalists and making efforts to resolve the dispute, Newsquest has chosen to ride roughshod over the democratic decisions taken by staff with an attempt to block strike action by exploiting the many hurdles created by anti-trade union legislation.
“The reality is that their actions do nothing to dissipate the anger and frustration our members feel at The Herald, Sunday Herald and Evening Times and merely renews their collective determination to fight these poorly thought out proposals, even if means action is temporarily delayed.”
Plans emerged in June of up to 20 redundancies – mainly focused in production – and 86 per cent of staff subsequently voted for strike action.