Merseyside journalists to ballot on industrial action

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Journalists at Trinity Mirror‘s operation on Merseyside have passed a motioned of no confidence in their local management and vowed to ballot on industrial action over planned job cuts.

Members of the local National Union of Journalists chapel took the action after the publisher announced yesterday that a further 17 editorial jobs would go Merseyside, with the majority of the cuts expected to affect the Liverpool Daily Post.

Trinity Mirror cut around 78 jobs and scrapped the Daily Post’s Saturday edition last November as it integrated parts of the editorial operations of the Post and the Liverpool Echo.

Lawrence Shaw, NUJ assistant organiser, said: “The relentless cuts on Merseyside are damaging the quality of the papers and websites, and the local economy. They also lead to stress and other health and safety issues for the journalists left behind.”

According to the union, Trinity Mirror plans to axe seven multimedia journalist roles, four photographer posts and close its local copy-taking unit and the electronic picture desk.

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