They believe they have blacklisted by Steve Hughes, Editor in Chief at Bolton and that the picture editor has been instructed not to use any of the regular freelances. All, NUJ and non-union, supported the strike. The photographers says this "seems to be as an act of sheer spite and spleen". Meanwhile, management tells the Chapel that what's happening is merely "cost-cutting". And that it's "none of Chapel's concern". Which is odd, because they are entitled to be Chapel members. The Chapel has asked Freelance Organiser John Toner and General Secretary Jeremy Dear to intervene.
The photographers ask for your support: if asked to work for Newsquest Bolton and Bury, they'd be very pleased if you were "unavailable" until this is resolved.
Meanwhile journalists at the South London Newsquest News Shopper group won 6 per cent after voting to strike but before doing so.
Watch for news of further strike action at Newsquest Bradford - and at Macmillan in Oxford, where there was a one-day strike on 25 June.