Journalists in Manchester and Glasgow join revolt against cuts
27 March 2009
NUJ members in Manchester and Glasgow are balloting for industrial action over job cuts. Trinity Mirror in Scotland and Guardian Media in the north of England are looking to axe around 150 journalists between them.
Journalists at the Daily Record and Sunday Mail in Glasgow voted at a well-attended chapel meeting last week to hold a strike ballot over plans to axe 70 jobs.
NUJ chapels from the Manchester Evening News and Greater Manchester Weekly Newspapers have also started a ballot over plans to axe 78 jobs and close all weekly newspaper offices from Accrington in the north to Macclesfield in the south.
At a public meeting in Manchester tonight. local politicians will join the campaign against the cutbacks. Councillor Jim Battle, deputy leader of Manchester City Council, will join NUJ local and national leaders on the platform for the meeting about the cuts.
Jeremy Dear, NUJ General Secretary, said:
"Media owners have made hundreds of millions of pounds for after year. Now they are ripping the heart out of papers that are much appreciated by their communities. It's all about maintaining unrealistically high profit margins.
"From Stockport to Stirling NUJ members, readers and community leaders are banding together to stand up for journalism.
"The NUJ is totally behind these campaigns and stands shoulder-to-shoulder with our members in Greater Manchester and Scotland as they fight for their jobs and the souls of their newspapers."