Herald and Evening Times staff on strike

Over 140 staff at Newsquest-owned newspapers took part in 24-hour strike following group's decision

The staff said they would repeat the strike on a weekly basis if a settlement is not reached. Norman King from the Unite union said Newsquest decided to freeze workers' pay despite being profitable. He added it is the only newspaper publishing company which wants a two-year wage freeze.

King also said the strike decision was taken as the company failed to reward hard-working staff. Some employees had to work for more hours, as many staff members left following a redundancy phase last year. Tim Blott, managing director of the Herald and Times, said it is still a difficult and uncertain time for the company and many others in the media sector because the overall revenues are still low.