Ballot confirmed in Shropshire as 12 compulsories announced

Journalists in Shropshire will ballot for industrial action after 12 compulsory redundancies were announced.

Midland News Association, which owns Shropshire Newspapers, announced in October there would be 135 job losses across its titles, including the Shropshire Star and Wolverhampton Express and Star.

The 12 jobs targeted in Shropshire are the weeklies group editor, one of five weekly editors, five reporters, two subs and three editorial support workers.

The weeklies group editor, John Butterworth, announced his departure last week. He was awarded the MBE for services to journalism last year.

The National Union of Journalists is concerned redundant reporters could include new entrants mid-way through training.

Chris Morley, NUJ northern regional organiser, said: ‘I think the fact that trainees have been caught up in this round of proposed cutbacks is most disturbing.

‘People starting out in their careers deserve protection not a boot out the door.

‘The Shropshire chapel is determined to defend the most vulnerable of its colleagues – and protect the quality of its papers and websites – by industrial and legal means.”

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