Thursday 15 October 2009

Trinity Mirror journalists vote to strike

NUJ members at Media Wales in Cardiff have voted 96 percent in favour of strike action over the company's plans to make 13 journalists' jobs redundant, the union said today.
The Trinity Mirror-owned subsidiary publishes the Western Mail, the South Wales Echo, Wales on Sunday and the Celtic series of weekly papers.
Journalists at the group who took part in the ballot voted 68 to 3 in favour of taking strike action, and 68 to 2 in favour of taking action short of a strike.
Martin Shipton, NUJ FoC at Media Wales, said: "The ballot result gives the union a clear mandate to organise industrial action. We shall, however, continue to hold discussions with the company with the aim of achieving a position where all redundancies are voluntary.
"We are also determined that those who remain will not be expected to undertake excessive workloads under the new working arrangements which we shall be negotiating with the company."
A two-month consultation period on the company's proposals lasts until November 23.


Rich Simcox said...

Oh yes. NUJ members have spoken. Will Sly Bailey listen?

George Dearsley said...

Martin "Shippo" Shipton. What a guy. I recommended him for a job on The Northern Echo in the 70s. He was a keen fresh-faced lad. I then left to join the Daily Mail just as he started and in about his second week the paper went on a year long strike. When I saw him next he looked like an extra from Planet of the Apes! But he's a hell of a good journalist and now (probably after that early introduction) a great union man. I wish him well.