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Massive vote for strike over Media Wales cuts

15 October 2009

NUJ members at Media Wales in Cardiff have voted 96 percent in favour of strike action over the company's plans to make 13.2 journalists' jobs redundant.

The Trinity Mirror-owned subsidiary publishes the Western Mail, the South Wales Echo, Wales on Sunday and the Celtic series of weekly papers. The NUJ organised a strike ballot in defence of its policy that no member should be made compulsorily redundant.

Journalists at the group 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 father of the Media Wales chapel, 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 23 November.

Jeremy Dear, NUJ General Secretay, said:

"This big vote for action in defence of their colleagues' jobs shows how strongly journalists at Media Wales feel about these cuts.
"The whole union is behind them in their battle against compulsory redundancies and excessive workloads."

Tags: , media wales, newspapers, cuts, trinity mirror, consultation, ballot, western mail, south wales echo, wales on sunday, celtic series