National Union of Journalists (NUJ) members at the 'Irish Examiner' have "overwhelmingly" rejected a 5pc pay cut.
The proposed reduction, which parent company Thomas Crosbie Holdings (TCH) had told staff was critical to the firm's response to challenging trading conditions, was rejected by the margin of three to one.
Other votes were also carried out by union staff yesterday.
SIPTU members, thought to be mostly in administrative roles, are believed to have accepted the proposals.
Unite, which represents production staff, is also thought to have balloted its members.
Unlike past votes at the newspaper, which have been taken across the three unions as an 'aggregate' vote, the NUJ vote was taken as a 'standalone' ballot this time.
Last night NUJ general secretary Seamus Dooley said staff had already made significant efforts to lower costs. "Staff at the 'Irish Examiner' overwhelmingly rejected this proposal. Our members have already accepted significant cuts and it is felt that this latest round [of cuts] was unreasonable," he said.
TCH chief executive Tom Murphy could not be reached for comment last night.