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Shropshire Newspapers to ballot for strike action

9 June 2011

Journalists at Shropshire Newspapers have voted unanimously to ballot for strike action in a dispute over redundancies. The vote was taken at an emergency NUJ chapel meeting.

Midland News Association, which owns the papers, is targeting 35 redundancies across all departments. The journalists, however, are demanding a guarantee that there will be no compulsory editorial job losses.

Midland News Association also owns the Wolverhampton Express and Star where the company is seeking a redundancy target of 60 jobs.

Chris Morley, NUJ northern and midlands organiser, said:

"Our members at Shropshire Newspapers are greatly concerned at the appalling prospect of compulsory redundancies. They also fear for the future of their titles and the communities they serve if the cuts go too deep.
"The journalists stand united in wanting to defend any NUJ member who may be faced with being ejected from their jobs, so we are now starting the process of balloting for strike action to allow for this option.
"Our members would rather be concentrating on puitting their newspapers and web stories together than having to fight for their jobs. But the company should be warned that our members are in no mood to roll over and see people forced out the door. They have shown they are willing to stand up for jobs and journalism in the past and are ready to do the same again.
"Our members are galvanised to meet the challenge and I am confident we will have a strong vote to take action should it be required."

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