Members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) at North London and Herts Newspaper Group went on strike on 19 April in the fight for quality journalism and against job loss. Just three journalists are producing nine local newspapers. The strike was due to end on 3 May.
The action came just ten days after the NUJ’s Delegate Meeting in Southport, where delegates voted unanimously to support chapels (office branches) resisting job cuts and other attacks.
“Our members are to be congratulated for fighting for quality local journalism and for their tenacity. Do all you can to support the strikes that are coming,” said general secretary-elect Michelle Stanistreet.
Journalists at Newsquest titles in South London began a work to rule on 15 April. The 27 NUJ members want cut editorial space restored. Meanwhile, 80 journalists in the north of England are balloting on industrial action to stop plans by Newsquest to axe jobs in Darlington and York. Members at Darlington, Durham, Northallerton, Bishop Auckland and York are taking part in the ballot. ■