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Journalists vote to strike over planned regional daily job cuts

Daily Post page oneA group of regional daily journalists have voted to strike over plans which could see up to six jobs lost at their newspaper.

Members of the National Union of Journalists at the North Wales Daily Post have voted to take industrial action over Trinity Mirror’s proposals, which would also see six new roles created.

The NUJ says the newspaper’s political reporter, previously based at the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff, has now left as part of the company’s plan, which would have seen her moved to Llandudno.

The plans will result in unfilled roles, including the newspaper’s executive editor, being left vacant and the non-replacement of two former Daily Post reporters who have transferred to other Trinity Mirror titles.

Members at the NUJ’s Trinity Mirror North Wales chapel believe the changes will result in understaffing and create unreasonable workloads, especially for print production staff.

According to the chapel, journalists will be asked to work additional weekend shifts, possibly being required to work weekends twice as often as they do now.

Chapel members will meet on Monday to discuss the next steps.

Other titles affected by the proposals include the North Wales Weekly News, Caernarfon and Denbigh Herald, Flintshire Chronicle and Holyhead and Bangor Anglesey Mails.

A chapel spokesperson said: “The result clearly reflects members’ feelings that enough is enough and that further pressure on staff is unsustainable. The chapel feels strongly that an already-stretched workforce will be pushed to breaking point by Trinity Mirror’s proposals.”

Jane Kennedy, assistant organiser Northern and Midlands region, said: “In the latest rounds of cuts in Wales, Merseyside and across the country, Trinity Mirror is choosing to let go people with years of awarding-wining skills and experience, leaving the highly-talented journalists that are left behind¬† under so much pressure that it is impossible to produce their best.

“We ask management to stop and reconsider this strategy and enter into talks with us to ensure we all can work positively together to create and maintain high quality journalism that truly serves the communities it represents.”

HTFP has asked Trinity Mirror for a comment on the issue.