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United Birmingham chapels stop Trinity Mirror redundancies

28 July 2009

Strike action has been called off at Trinity Mirror's Birmingham-based titles after the NUJ chapels secured an agreement for no compulsory redundancies. Union members at Coventry Newspapers meet tomorrow to discuss the latest developments.

The NUJ said it was still concerned about the closures of weekly titles in the midlands.

A statement from Neil Elkes and Martin Warrillow, joint NUJ fathers of the Birmingham Post and Mail chapel, said:

"Members of the National Union of Journalists at Trinity Mirror's Birmingham titles have withdrawn the 24-hour industrial action which had been planned for Thursday.
"This follows confirmation from the company that there will be no compulsory redundancies among journalists on the BPM Media (Midlands)/ Midland Weekly Media North titles.
"NUJ representatives have worked closely with BPM Media management to avoid job losses and are relieved that no union members will be made compulsorily redundant this week.
"However, a number of our colleagues are leaving under voluntary terms. Our best wishes go with them.
"Although compulsory job losses have been averted, nine titles across the Midlands, including the Walsall Observer, Lichfield Post, Tamworth Times and Solihull Times have ceased publication, making this a very sad day for local journalism."

Jeremy Dear, NUJ General Secretary, said:

"The chapels have shown that strong united action can stop compulsory redundancies.
"We welcome the progress that's been made and congratulate NUJ members for standing up for journalism.
"The union will continue to defend jobs and journalism wherever we can."

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