NUJ members at the Telegraph newspaper have voted 76% in favour of strike action. Staff are unhappy with work pattern changes following a move to Victoria from Canary Wharf.
Since the move, working practices for NUJ members have included 24/7 working rotas, and 54 compulsory redundancies. The NUJ claims these changes form part of a long running growth of anger and dissatisfaction among staff at the national paper, where management have ignored or overidden complaints and grievances by the staff.
Barry Fitzpatrick from the NUJ has said “Staff have been driven to take this action because they feel that their legitimate concerns are not being recognised and addressed by their managers. There has been a damaging breakdown in relations which must be resolved.”
246 Telegraph group journalists belong to the NUJ, out of a total of 376 staff.