Members have voted in favour of industrial action as talks took place between union officers and senior management on staffing level issues across Johnston Press titles.
A two hour meeting at the company offices in Orchard Brae in Edinburgh explored ways to bridge the gap between both sides, without reaching a solution. The wide-ranging discussions on budgets, working practices, staffing levels, use of freelance cover, recruitment policy and the state of the industry never reached agreement on a mutually acceptable outcome, but more talks are planned.
Members voted 77.1% for strike action with an alternative vote of 85.7% for action short of a strike. Both sides agreed that a closer understanding on the problems had been established but the union side believe insufficient progress has been made to end the dispute.