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Media Wales backs down on forced redundancies

23 October 2009

The NUJ has withdrawn its threat of strike action at Media Wales in Cardiff after the company confirmed that no union member will be made compulsorily redundant.

In a ballot result announced last week, there was a 96% vote in favour of a strike following an announcement that 13.2 editorial jobs would go at the Trinity Mirror subsidiary.

The company publishes the Western Mail, the South Wales Echo, Wales on Sunday and the Celtic series of weekly papers.

The redundancies form part of a group-wide cost-cutting programme that this week saw the announcement of proposals for 40 editorial job losses at Trinity Mirror Midlands.

Martin Shipton, father of NUJ Media Wales chapel, said:

"We are very pleased that industrial action will not now be necessary. Our clearly stated aim in these circumstances was to ensure that none of our members were forced to leave employment against their will and that has been achieved. A number of NUJ members decided to opt for voluntary redundancy and they will leave with our best wishes.
"We look forward to working with the company to ensure that new working arrangements do not create excessive workloads for those who remain."

Jeremy Dear, NUJ general secretary, said:

"The Media Wales Chapel deserves to be congratulated for its strong stand against compulsory redundancies and on the result achieved.
"The survival of the newspaper industry depends on groups like Trinity Mirror being prepared to invest in quality journalism. A strategy based entirely on cutbacks and job losses will lead to only one outcome."

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