Just 18 months after upheavals for staff at Northcliffe Media, 50 further jobs are threatened. The company had established six “superhubs” handling subbing and other production functions. The company made redundancies, while some staff accepted long commutes and even moved their home to keep jobs.
Local newspaper company Archant is proposing to set up a hub in Ilford for some of its titles, axe deputy editor posts, and close its Bethnal Green office.
Another key regional press company Newsquest has similar plans for hubs, that will affect titles in Brighton, Southampton and Bournemouth.
NUJ members at the BBC will strike on 5 and 6 November against proposals to reduce their pensions. The proposals had been slightly improved after NUJ, BECTU and Unite unions threatened to strike during Conservative Party conference and on the day of the Comprehensive Spending Review. Those strikes were called off in order for the improved offer to be put to union members. Only NUJ rejected the new offer, with 70% against.
The strikes take place against the backdrop of adverse and poor coverage of the FBU dispute by BBC news programmes. This has angered rank and file FBU members. The NUJ sees its own fight linked to ongoing battles by the RMT and FBU.
Newsquest pay ballot
Journalists at Newsquest titles in Hampshire have voted to take industrial action against a pay freeze. Staff at The Echo in Essex are submitting a claim for 20 per cent pay rise.