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Threat of strike ends compulsory redundancies in Coventry

29 July 2009

Journalists at Coventry Newspapers have called off tomorrow's planned strike over compulsory redundancies. The breakthrough in the dispute came after management agreed to redeploy three weekly paper reporters who had been facing redundancies.

Negotiations are continuing over the future of another reporter and a photographer.

Trinity Mirror NUJ chapels in Birmingham secured an agreement yesterday that there would be no compulsory redundancies as part of a shake up in the midlands that has seen nine weekly papers closed.

Journalists working for the company in Newcastle and Middlesbrough are also balloting for action over cuts.

Earlier this year, there was a negotiated settlement over editorial redundancies after a strike at the Trinity Mirror-owned Record and Mail in Glasgow.

Jeremy Dear, NUJ General Secretary, said:

"Congratulations to the chapel in Coventry for protecting the jobs of journalists on the weekly titles in their group.
"The concerted and united action against cutbacks by journalists across Trinity Mirror is having a positive effect all over the country.
"The union will continue to support and encourage members standing up for journalism."

Jeremy urged other Trinity Mirror chapels to go ahead with meetings planned for tomorrow to support the midlands strike. He said:

"It is a good opportunity to brief colleagues on what has been happening and discuss ideas for taking forward the campaign against the cutbacks."

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