Reporters cut hours to avoid redundancy

Journalists on Newsquest papers in west Wales have offered to cut their hours in order to avoid one of them being made redundant, reports Media Guardian.

NUJ members on the South Wales Guardian, the Western Telegraph, Tivyside Advertiser and the Milford Mercury were due to ballot for strike action in protest at management’s decision to axe a reporter from the pooled editorial staff.

Following a meeting with management, however, an agreement was reached when four of the seven reporters agreed to cut hours.

Lawrence Shaw, the NUJ assistant organiser for Wales, said: “We have saved a position but it involves four people that are already low paid taking home even less

“It is not an ideal solution and not one that the NUJ will be pursuing elsewhere. We would not advocate it but when people are up against a wall they will do the things necessary to save themselves.”

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