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Birmingham Trinity Mirror journalists plan strike action

25 November 2009

NUJ members at Trinity Mirror's BPM Media have voted to take strike action 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 chapel at BPM Media met yesterday to plan what action they will take. Members 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 change the Birmingham Post into a weekly title.

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.

Journalists are concerned that the company is acting rashly and cutting jobs without considering the consequences.

Chris Morley, NUJ Northern Regional Organiser, 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. The company's proposals are unproven on the editorial system being used in Birmingham and the undue haste with which the company is seeking to recklessly cut jobs only serves to undercut quality journalism at a critical time for the Birmingham titles.
"Our members believe the situation can be resolved but not through unrealistic timetables currently being pushed by managers. If they continue along these lines, they will quickly find the chapel will bring its collective strength to bear to defend members."

Their colleagues at Trinity Mirror in Coventry are meeting on Friday to decide on next steps in their campaign.

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