OVER 80 members of the GPMU media workers' union were to strike this week against the planned closure of the library and copy-taking departments at the Daily Record. They say 19 jobs will go if these departments are moved to Watford.
A GPMU spokesperson said that talks with Trinity Mirror have stalled and that the strikes would go ahead. Journalists might also be involved. He added, 'We have the full support of the NUJ in this action and, although they are not an official part of the strike, we would understand if a number of their members were reluctant to cross the picket line.
'It is clear to us that Trinity Mirror are intent on closing these departments.' An NUJ source said, 'Although this isn't directly our dispute, many of our members have been sickened at the way the library and copy-taking staff in Glasgow have been treated. If the journalists support this action, it could seriously disrupt the newspaper operation. Many members feel that crossing a picket on an issue they care deeply about is something they couldn't go through with-that's the feeling we are getting from our meetings.'
The Trinity group, which publishes the Daily Record, the Sunday Mail and the Daily Mirror, plans further cuts. Chris Harding, a GPMU national officer, recently confirmed that Trinity Mirror wants to move production of the Mirror in Northern Ireland from Derry to Belfast, cutting 24 jobs.
They also plan to sell their regional titles in Belfast, Derry and Donegal. Trinity's new chief executive, Sly Bailey, said she wanted to increase the profitability of the group by cutting 550 jobs across the board.