Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Strike at Trinity Midlands called off

The NUJ today called off the 24-hour strike planned for Trinity Mirror's Birmingham-based titles in the Midlands on Thursday after claiming it had reached an agreement with the company for no compulsory redundancies.
The Coventry Newspapers NUJ chapel meets tomorrow.
A statement from Neil Elkes and Martin Warrillow, joint NUJ FoCs at the Birmingham Post and Mail, said: “Members of the NUJ at Trinity Mirror's Birmingham titles have withdrawn the 24-hour industrial action which had been planned for Thursday.
"This follows confirmation from the company that there will be no compulsory redundancies among journalists on the BPM Media (Midlands)/ Midland Weekly Media North titles.
"NUJ representatives have worked closely with BPM Media management to avoid job losses and are relieved that no union members will be made compulsorily redundant this week.
"However, a number of our colleagues are leaving under voluntary terms."
The statement added: "Although compulsory job losses have been averted, nine titles across the Midlands, including the Walsall Observer, Lichfield Post, Tamworth Times and Solihull Times have ceased publication, making this a very sad day for local journalism.”

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