Forty members of the London Free Press editorial staff voted unanimously yesterday to support strike action as early as 12:01 a.m. Saturday. Ten staff did not vote. Although negotiations between the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union, Local 87-M, will continue during the week, the strike vote also means that Sun Media can lock out the workers on Saturday. Morale at the London Free Press, whose editorial staff numbered 170 in 1990, is notoriously low … which, one might suggest, has been reflected in the quality and content of the Free Press in the past decade. It should be added, in the case of the Free Press, that at the same time morale does not necessarily precede quality — owners, management and staff have all contributed to the Free Press having becoming an almost irredeemable publication.
Meanwhile, more Sun Media filler should be expected over the next while … which should continue to keep total reading time well under the standard five minutes.