Journalists across Johnston Press look set to go on strike on Wednesday.
NUJ members at the company voted in favour of industrial action earlier this month and union sources told The Blog that 13 out of 20 chapels voted in favour of a strike taking place next week.
Our sources say the decision was made on Tuesday evening.
Some individual chapels have still to make a final decision and JP are yet to be informed of the full scale of the strike, but our source said it is important the union shows a united front across the whole company.
He added that bosses at JP have threatened to challenge the legality of any action, but it is understood NUJ bosses would welcome the chance to air their grievences in court.
The decision was made on the same day that an official company statement revealed JP is set to make an additional £5million pounds in cuts over the next year.
A company statement said: “Management of costs and cash continue to be key areas of focus for the group and we expect to make total year-on-year cost savings in 2010 of at least £15million, an increase from the previously advised £10million.”
The statement went on to say that net debt at the end of April was £419.1million, a reduction of £3million since the start of the year.
Revenue is down 7.1 per cent for the 18 weeks up to May 8 compared to last year.
Union members are angry with company’s new ATEX content system and poor pay conditions at a time when chief executive John Fry received a massive wage packet and bonuses.
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