Journalists at the Yorkshire Post, Yorkshire Evening Post and Leeds Weekly News are balloting for strike action to defend their jobs.

Management is attempting to sack 18 journalists – 10 per cent of the editorial workforce – in order to maintain its profits. The company has paid out hundreds of millions of pounds in dividends and bonuses to shareholders and directors, while at the same time building up debts of £450m to expand.

With the arrival of the credit crunch and a fall in advertising revenue they are demanding that we pay for their mismanagement with our jobs.

They also refuse to offer the level of redundancy settlement offered by them in other centres.

They have steadily reduced the quality of our newspapers by a long-term refusal to fill vacancies, and other cost-cutting measures. They have transferred the printing of the Yorkshire Evening Post out of Leeds, ending more than a century of tradition.

We are appealing to our readers and others in Yorkshire to support our struggle to defend jobs and maintain the quality of our campaigning newspapers.

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