Trinity Mirror announces predicted cuts in Midlands
1 July 2009
Trinity Mirror has announced predicted plans to close nine titles and cut 17 journalists' jobs in the midlands. The NUJ called on the company last week to come clean about its plans to close some of its Midlands papers and reduce the frequency of the Birmingham Post.
The union said it had seen internal documents detailing plans to close titles.
Jeremy Dear, NUJ General Secretary, said:
"For the last week Trinity Mirror managers refused to talk to staff about the changes they were planning. After accusing us of scare mongering they've now announced proposals that are even worse than anyone feared.
"Our members have already made their views clear about management's refusal to be open about their plans, with calls across the Midlands for industrial action ballots.
"It's time for the company to come clean about all its plans, including its intentions regarding the Birmingham Post and Mail. Trinity Mirror's approach up to now has shown a disregard for staff and the Midlands communities it serves."
Chris Morley, NUJ Northern Organiser, added:
"Despite all the mud that has been slung by the managers over the last week, it is clear that nothing has happened to derail them from their course of action. The company has decided to cut loose communities and slash away at journalism on profit-making local titles.
"If they are willing to put the discussion into the proper dispute procedure and guarantee that there will be no job losses until that procedure is exhausted then we might be able to have some serious negotiations. But I very much doubt that's what Trinity Mirror wants.
"Its only real concern is how quickly it can pull out of the towns it serves and cut away at quality on its remaining titles."