Thursday, 23 July 2009

Strike at Trinity Midlands next week

NUJ members at Trinity Mirror’s Midlands' titles have voted to strike next Thursday July 30 in protest at compulsory redundancies and closure of weekly titles.
The action involves the Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post, Coventry Telegraph, Sunday Mercury and Midlands Weekly Media titles.
Trinity Mirror NUJ chapels are also balloting for action over cuts in Newcastle and Middlesbrough.
In the Midlands, the NUJ has 150 members employed by Trinity Mirror.
Chris Morley, NUJ northern organiser, said: “Trinity Mirror need to stop finding excuses to ignore the opposition of their workforce to these drastic cuts. Journalists want the opportunity to save these papers but the company can see no options but slash and burn.”
Jeremy Dear, NUJ general secretary, added: “Let's hope this vote for action will bring the company to the negotiating table with some positive proposals.
“Trinity Mirror have squandered the record profits of the past few years on huge bonuses for bosses and dividends for shareholders. Let’s see some investment in these titles and the communities they serve."

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