Negotiations continue at Birmingham Post and Mail
22 January 2010
Negotiations are continuing between journalists at Trinity Mirror's Birmingham Post and Mail and the company, following a vote for industrial action. NUJ members are campaigning against management cutback plans that will hit quality and increase workloads.
Chris Morley, NUJ Northern Regional Organiser, explained:
"The company wants to cut production subeditors from its operations at the end of January and journalists on the papers are worried this will create unmanageable workloads for the staff who remain."
Management claims that a new editorial computer system means the cuts can be made without damaging quality, but NUJ members say that in practice putting the papers together requires more work than the company expected. They also say that the move to a weekly Post and a new publishing schedule for the Mail mean that in some cases workload has actually increased.