Staff at the Herald newspaper are responding to concerns over under-staffing and stress by starting a work-to-rule procedure next Tuesday. The proposed decision follows a ballot conducted by the National Union of Journalists (NUJ).
The ballot was conducted on the 22nd of last month and the resulting decision means that staff will work only in strict accordance with their contracts and nothing more.
The results of the ballot revealed that 92.4% were in favour of any sort of industrial action and further to this, nearly 75% were happy with a strike. This comes shortly after management for The Herald, The Sunday Herald and The Evening Times announced plans to seek savings of £2million despite the three publications recording pre-tax profits of £23.8 million last year.
Speaking to AllmediaScotland.com, Paul Holleran, leader of the NUJ in Scotland said: “They have known about the high levels of stress for long enough, including from focus groups they organised themselves. And despite record profits, they still pressed for cuts.”