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North Wales press return strong ballot result for strike action

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1 July 2016

Journalists on the Daily Post have voted to take strike action over Trinity Mirror's plans which include potential redundancies putting at risk editorial quality and creating unreasonable workloads for remaining staff.

Members of the NUJ's chapel at Trinity Mirror North Wales will now be meeting on Monday to discuss next steps.

This week the newspaper's only political reporter based in Cardiff left as part of the company's plan. Staff have been told six roles will be lost with six new positions being created. The plans result in unfilled roles, including the newspaper's executive editor, and the abolition of one digital reporter. This follows two former Daily Post reporters being transferred within Trinity Mirror and not being replaced.

Members at the TM North Wales chapel believe the changes will result in understaffing and create unreasonable workloads, especially for already under-pressure print production staff. Journalists will be asked to work additional weekend shifts, possibly being required to work weekends twice as often as they do now.

Trinity Mirror North Wales publishes the award-winning Daily Post, North Wales Weekly News, Caernarfon and Denbigh Herald, Flintshire Chronicle and Holyhead and Bangor Anglesey Mails.

A chapel spokesperson said: "The result clearly reflects members' feelings that enough is enough and that further pressure on staff is unsustainable. The chapel feels strongly that an already-stretched workforce will be pushed to breaking point by Trinity Mirror's proposals."  

Jane Kennedy, assistant organiser Northern and Midlands region, said:

 "In the latest rounds of cuts in Wales, Merseyside and across the country, Trinity Mirror is choosing to let go people with years of awarding-wining skills and experience, leaving the  highly-talented journalists that are left behind  under so much pressure that it is impossible to produce their best. We ask management to stop and reconsider this strategy and enter into talks with us to ensure we all can work positively together to create and maintain high quality journalism that truly serves the communities it represents."

Paul Scott, NUJ national executive member for Wales, said:

"The resounding nature of the North Wales ballot result shows the strength of feeling among journalists working on the Daily Post and its sister titles in the region.They are exasperated at being expected to endure persistent cuts to staff and ever-increasing workloads. Our members in North Wales are also standing up for quality journalism and the importance of local news.Trinity Mirror can now be in no doubt that it has unhappy workforces in North Wales and Liverpool and I urge management to start addressing our members' concerns as soon as possible.They want to get on with the business of serving the people in their communities but have now demonstrated they are prepared to take action if their employer doesn't start listening to them soon."

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