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Media Wales staff vote to ballot over compulsory redundancies

14 November 2008

NUJ members working at Media Wales have voted to hold a strike ballot if any members are threatened with compulsory redundancy following a company announcement yesterday.

The Trinity Mirror-owned firm, which publishes the Western Mail, South Wales Echo, Wales on Sunday and the Celtic series of weekly papers, said it wanted to shed seven editorial jobs. This is on top of 17 jobs lost earlier this year and a further eight vacancies which have not been filled.

As part of the latest cuts, the company is planning to cut weekly editors. In future, it wants one editor running the Merthyr Express, Rhymney Valley Express and Gwent Gazette, another editor running the Rhondda Leader and Pontypridd Observer and another running the Glamorgan Gazette and Neath and Port Talbot Guardians. It also plans to shut offices in Aberdare, Ebbw Vale and Neath.

In a statement after the meeting, Martin Shipton, joint father of the NUJ chapel, said:

"We have tonight voted unanimously to hold a ballot for industrial action if it emerges during talks with management that there is a real threat of any NUJ member being made redundant. We strongly deplore the planned job cuts and the closure of district offices, a poor way of repaying the loyalty shown by readers in the communities affected over many years."

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