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Herald & Times staff vote for industrial action after NUJ re-ballot

By Angela Haggerty | Reporter

Newsquest Digital

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Herald & Times Group article

August 27, 2013 | 3 min read

An NUJ re-ballot of Herald and Times journalists in Glasgow over redundancies has returned a higher vote for industrial action but a reduced vote in favour of strike.

Results showed a 97 per cent vote in favour of industrial action short of a strike and 76 per cent in favour of strike action. A chapel meeting this week will decide the next steps.

Action: Staff at the Herald & Times are facing redundancy

The union was forced to scrap an initial ballot earlier this month after threats of legal action from Newsquest over what the NUJ said were “minor technicalities”. The original ballot delivered a vote in favour of strike of 86 per cent while 96 per cent of members voted in favour of action short of a strike.

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NUJ Scottish organiser Paul Holleran said: “This shows the strength of feeling among editorial staff against the harsh imposition of job cuts on the cheap. This company needs to understand the NUJ will not stand back and let members be treated like this.

"We offered to negotiate the changes as we have done in other newspaper companies but for some reason Newsquest preferred conflict to a constructive partnership approach.”

Plans to cut up to 20 jobs at the Herald & Times – mainly focused in production – were announced in June.

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