Wednesday, 25 November 2009

NUJ threatens strike at Trinity in Brum

NUJ members at Trinity Mirror’s BPM Media, which publishes the Birmingham Post and Birmingham Mail, have voted to strike in the next three weeks unless the company’s threat of compulsory redundancies is lifted.
A ballot of union members at the Birmingham centre concluded on Monday with a 75 per cent majority in favour of strike action, the NUJ said today.
The NUJ chapel at BPM Media, has passed a resolution to say that the “chapel would be taking strike action in the next three weeks, at a date to be decided, unless the threat of compulsory redundancy was lifted by the company.”
Trinity Mirror is looking to make cuts to the papers after deciding to switch the Birmingham Mail to overnight printing and take the Birmingham Post weekly.
In October the company said it was looking to cut 40 editorial jobs across its Midlands operations, having already announced 70 job cuts at the end of 2008.
NUJ Northern regional organiser Chris Morley said: "It is clear that the chapel are in no mood to accept colleagues being thrown out of work into the worst recession in living memory - and for them to absorb the work on their already overburdened shoulders."
NUJ members at Trinity Mirror in Coventry are meeting on Friday.
The NUJ is preparing to purchase small quantities of shares in major media companies, like Trinity Mirror, to enable the union to put questions direct to members of the companies’ boards.

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