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Serious fight needed against Trinity Mirror

Issue No. 2175

Despite a 96 percent vote in favour of strike action, the NUJ union has withdrawn the threat of action at Media Wales group in Cardiff.

This came after the union was assured that none of its members will be subject to compulsory redundancy after management said 13.2 editorial jobs will be slashed.

The group owns several local titles, including Western Mail and the South Wales Echo. Some members have taken voluntary redundancy.

It is also planning 40 job cuts at Trinity Mirror in the Midlands.

NUJ members there are balloting for action.

An early day motion has been tabled and MPs are demanding a meeting with the group before the Birmingham Post goes from daily to weekly and the Evening Mail goes from evening to overnight production.

A statement from the Coventry Newspapers NUJ chapel committee said, “These proposed changes mean an effective 60 percent cut in staff.”

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Tue 27 Oct 2009, 18:37 GMT
Issue No. 2175
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