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Welsh journalists to hold strike ballot over Trinity Mirror changes

The Post's front page from July after the health board's decision not to contest a judicial reviewJournalists at Trinity Mirror titles in North Wales have voted to hold a strike ballot over planned newsroom changes.

The company last month announced plans to refocus its news operation in the region, putting around eight existing posts at risk of redundancy with six new roles being created.

The plans include moving the North Wales Daily Post’s political reporter from Cardiff to Llandudno, meaning there would no longer be a specialist based at the Welsh Assembly in the capital.

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

Members of the TM North Wales chapel of the National Union of Journalists have now voted to ballot for industrial action over the company’s plans, which they say will put at risk editorial quality and resulting in unreasonable workloads for remaining staff.

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

Paul Scott, NUJ national executive member for Wales, said: “Our members in North Wales have had enough of Trinity Mirror’s relentless pursuit of editorial cuts.

“They do not want to take this course of action, but feel they no longer have a choice given the company’s behaviour and the fact that they are constantly in fear of further damaging announcements.

“We are asking that management replaces journalists who have left the company, reverses their decision on the Daily Post’s political reporter to allow the incumbent of that role to continue to cover the Welsh Assembly from Cardiff and offers proper journalistic career development for digital staff.

“The company should begin talking to our workplace reps as soon as possible so that we can find a way of avoiding any disruption and get on together with the business of serving the people of North Wales.”

A Trinity Mirror spokesperson said: “We have been working closely with colleagues and the NUJ as part of the proposed changes which we believe will strengthen our newsroom and leave us better placed to serve our audience.”

On the issue of Daily Post politics coverage, a spokeswoman previously said: “The Daily Post remains committed to covering Welsh politics at a local and national level. We believe we are better placed to do this from the community in which we serve.

“As a result we intend to appoint a politics reporter based in North Wales, who will continue to write about Assembly and local government issues that matter to our readership.”

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  • June 15, 2016 at 10:59 am
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    Currently the Daily Post are running a LIVE BLOG about a SKY DRAMA as a plane that declared EMERGENCY over Ireland flew for about 5 minutes over a sliver of North Wales.

    When the ‘story’ went live the plane was over Coventry.

    “risk editorial quality” indeed.

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  • June 15, 2016 at 11:42 am
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    Good luck NUJ but the folks in charge have never – and will never – place editorial quality before maximising profit as that would reduce the amount they trouser from the business in the form of overinflated salaries, share options and bonuses.
    They will spend a few years lining their own pockets whilst wrecking fine newspapers with cost cutting before swanning off to apply their limited talents to some other poor business.

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  • June 15, 2016 at 6:25 pm
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    Easy to criticise isn’t it RT – and easy to find people saying critical things too. Also easy to find people saying nice things about the Daily Post on their Facebook page too, but that wouldn’t suit your argument, would it RT?

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