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Media Wales journalists to ballot over compulsory job cuts

6 October 2009

NUJ members working for Media Wales have agreed to ballot for strike action following the company's failure to guarantee that there will be no compulsory redundancies in a plan to cut 13 jobs announced this afternoon.

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

The company has today been served with a legal notice that 123 NUJ members based in its Cardiff headquarters and district offices of the Trinity Mirror-owned subsidiary will have strike ballot papers sent to them on 1 October.

The company has also announced its intention to close the Neath and Port Talbot Guardian paid-for weeklies on 1 October.

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

"Although we have been briefed fully about the financial position of the company and the group, we are determined that no NUJ member should be made compulsorily redundant as a result of these cuts. We expect the company to ensure that will be the outcome."

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ Deputy General Secretary, said:

"These cuts are on top of previous rounds of job losses and office closures.
"The national union offers our members at Media Wales total support and solidarity."

The company has announced a two-month consultation period for its redundancy proposals.

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