Monday, 20 July 2009

Big vote for action at Trinity Mirror Midlands

NUJ members at Trinity Mirror’s regional newspapers in the Midlands have voted massively in favour of industrial action over compulsory job cuts and the closure of papers, the NUJ said today.
Of those taking part in secret postal ballots 84 percent voted to strike, and 97 percent to take action short of a strike.
The polls covered journalists on the Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post, Coventry Telegraph, Sunday Mercury and Midlands Weekly Media titles.
The ballots were called after the NUJ claimed it had seen management plans to close weekly papers, cut jobs and reduce the frequency of the daily Birmingham Post.
Trinity Mirror NUJ chapels are also balloting for action over cuts in Newcastle and Middlesbrough.
Chris Morley, NUJ Northern organiser, said: “This ballot result is a strong indication of the feelings of our members at Trinity Mirror in the Midlands about the cuts that have been announced and the others that we believe are planned.”
The Birmingham NUJ members meet to decide their next move on Wednesday. The Coventry chapel meets on Thursday.

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