Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Johnston Press strike: rally held for journalists

NUJ picket line in Doncaster
Image caption Journalists at the newspaper group have been on strike since 15 July

A rally has taken place in support of journalists working for five Yorkshire newspapers who have been on indefinite strike for three weeks.

Members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) are striking over job cuts proposed by Johnston Press.

The Doncaster Free Press, South Yorkshire Times, Epworth Bells, Selby Times and Goole Courier are affected.

On Saturday, union members marched through Doncaster in protest at plans to cut 18 jobs and merge editor roles.

The protest march through the town centre, which culminated in a rally in Doncaster Market Place, was organised by members of trade unions including Unison, Unite and the Communication Workers Union in sympathy with the NUJ.

Staff from the newspapers have been on strike since 15 July after 90% of their NUJ members voted for the action.

The NUJ said it had invited the company to enter mediation talks with Acas but had not received a response.

Nobody at Johnston Press has commented.

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