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Journalists in Shropshire ballot as cuts announced

2 February 2009

Journalists in Shropshire are to ballot for industrial action after management announced compulsory redundancies. Twelve editorial jobs have been targeted by Midland News Association, owners of Shropshire Newspapers.

The NUJ chapel is particularly concerned that a number of young reporters could be axed in the middle of their training. The jobs under threat are the weeklies group editor, one out of five other weekly editors, five reporters, two subs and three editorial support workers.

Shropshire Newspapers journalists had already expressed concern at the way the company was handling its bid to cut staff.

Chris Morley, NUJ Northern Regional Organiser, said:

"I think the fact that trainees have been caught up in this round of proposed cutbacks is most disturbing.
"People starting out in their careers deserve protection not a boot out the door.
"The Shropshire chapel is determined to defend the most vulnerable of its colleagues – and protect the quality of its papers and websites – by industrial and legal means."

The NUJ has sent the company the formal legal notice of the ballot.

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