Argus staff attack relocation

National Union of Journalists members at the Brighton Argus have voted to ballot on industrial action, following plans by parent company Newsquest to move its news sub-editing operation to Southampton.

A meeting of the union’s chapel was held yesterday to discuss its next move following the news that seven posts are to be cut from the paper.

These job-losses are “part of a cost cutting move” of news sub-editing to Southampton, according to a statement from the NUJ.

NUJ general secretary, Jeremy Dear said: “Local knowledge and expertise is crucial to an accurate and effectively edited paper and to throw this invaluable resource away simply in order to cut a few more jobs is a desperately false economy”.

(Source: journalism.co.uk)

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