Union representatives will be meeting senior Johnston Press management coinciding with the anouncement of the result of a ballot for industrial action. Journalists from across JP Scottish titles voted overwhelmingly to ballot following the company refusal to take on more staff. Earlier talks at local level made only scant progress with the union arguing for a loosening of the purse strings to enable the managing editor to restore staffing levels to a “practical level”.
The problems arose as the company introduced their project known as “Newsroom of the Future” prior to recent redundancies. Many journalists have since complained that stress levels have increased and the quality of the titles has suffered, with growing concern about falling circulation and the threat of further cuts.
On the back of the local dispute, NUJ colleagues at JP daily titles have also called for a ballot for industrial action and talks have already taken place with management and union officials to try and address the outstanding issues, which are of a similar nature.
The weeklies ballot result is expected Friday lunchtime.