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More chapels suspend Midlands strike threat

Two more NUJ chapels in the Midlands have decided not to proceed with strike action in a row over redundancies.

Earlier this week the Birmingham chapel said they would suspend strike action which would have taken place next Tuesday and Wednesday.

Now members at the Coventry Newspapers and Solihull News and Times chapels have also agreed to put on hold any proposed industrial action.

But the chapels, who voted for the hold-off yesterday, said they would reconsider strike action if an announcement next week about re-employment is unsatisfactory.

In August Trinity Mirror Midlands revealed it was looking to shed 65 editorial positions with around 300 remaining staff having to reapply for jobs across its daily and weekly newspapers.

The move is part of a major shake-up of operations at its Midlands-based daily and weekly papers including the Coventry Telegraph and Birmingham Post.

Management confirmed to Midlands staff last Friday that it would not be seeking compulsory redundancies and a decision on those staff in Coventry reapplying for jobs is expected on Monday.

Lucy Lynch, Coventry Newspapers mother of the chapel, said after yesterday’s crunch union meeting: “We voted to suspend the strike action and have another meeting next week to see how things are going.

“They set a deadline for Monday to tell people if they will get the job they want. For most it’s the job we do already.

“If they have not met that deadline and answered a few queries, then we will reconsider strike action at our next meeting on Wednesday.”

A final decision is due from the Midlands Weekly Media North chapel either later today or Friday morning but joint FoC Eliot Mullett said it was “unlikely” they would proceed with strike action.

Steve Brown, managing director of Trinity Mirror Midlands, said after the Birmingham chapel announcement the company was committed to avoiding compulsory redundancies and delighted strike action had been avoided.

  • In a separate development Trinity Mirror Midlands has announced the appointment of four editors to work below a three-strong team of new ‘executive editors’ across the three Birmingham titles.

    Birmingham Mail chief sub-editor Gary Denning is the new head of content for news and features.

    Three further content editors from the Birmingham Mail have been assigned to Gary’s team to cover the three titles – the Mail, Birmingham Post and Sunday Mercury.

    Assistant editor Mike Macklin is the new deputy regional production editor, picture editor Steve Murphy is regional images editor and sports editor Ken Montgomery is regional sports editor. Ken will oversee one sports desk for all three titles.

    Other appointments include Alan Thorne as regional business editor and Jon Perks as magazines and supplements editor.

    The new team of executive editors, appointed last month, are Paul Cole (Mercury), Mike Hughes (Post) and Stacey Barnfield (Mail). Former production editor Ray Dunn is the new regional production editor.