NUJ Brum chapel resolves to fight forced job cuts

NUJ members at a “standing room” only meeting at the Birmingham Post & Mail have resolved to work with management on voluntary redundancies but the chapel is opposed to any compulsory job cuts.

Staff were told last week that a reorganisation was “likely to result” in 20 redundancies – all in Birmingham. Across the region, a total of 10 new positions are to be created, seven current vacancies will not be filled and the job content of 14 current jobs will also change in some way.

The “window of opportunity” for voluntary redundancies lasts until April 11, and a Trinity Mirror spokesman said it was hopeful of achieving the job cuts by agreement.

“Certain positions have been identified, but in terms of named individuals, no decisions have been made as yet,” the spokesman said.

It appears that the picture operations at the Birmingham Evening Mail, Sunday Mercury and Birmingham News will be remerged. At the Birmingham Post virtually all editorial staff are being called in for individual consultations.

One insider commented: “We are concerned that we haven’t seen the plan in its entirety. If and when the editor of the Post is appointed, you would expect him or her to want to have a say in the organisation of the editorial staff.”

It is believed by staff that there will be seven redundancies on the Birmingham Post, expected to consist of two news and two business reporters, two sub-editors and one feature writer.

By Andy Skinner

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