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Union chapels to meet over Trinity Mirror cuts plan

Editorial staff at Trinity Mirror regional newspaper titles across the UK were today in talks with their union to look at possible industrial action over a new raft of proposed cuts.

The National Union of Journalists has representation at most publications and recognition at some.

They fear redundancies after the company announced “steps to protect its position” during the year ahead where trading conditions are predicted to be tough.

Strike action is a possibility although no votes and no decisions have yet been taken.

The NUJ is holding individual chapel meetings and the union is likely to collate views later this week before deciding on whether to take action.

The company has said it will talk with employees during a consultation period on the latest review of what action to take to support the business, which it said may include redundancies.

Union organiser Miles Barter said: “We have not got specific details on what the company might do but everyone has been told to brace themselves.

“An announcement of 500 job losses was made two years ago and now they are looking at more.

“There have been redundancies here and there since then under cost-cutting measures.”

An announcement was made four years ago to say 800 jobs at Trinity Mirror would go in the “From Biggest to Best” strategy.

Two years ago a further cost-cutting programme was brought in, threatening hundreds more jobs in “Stabilise, Revitalise and Grow”.

Trinity’s regional dailies include the Evening Chronicle and Journal in Newcastle, the Liverpool Post & Echo, and the Birmingham Post & Mail.