NUJ withdraws strike option at Media Wales

The National Union of Journalists has withdrawn the threat of strike action at Trinity Mirror‘s Media Wales operation in Cardiff after the publisher said no union members would be made compulsorily redundant as a result of its planned cuts.

Journalists at Media Wales, which produces the Western Mail, South Wales Echo, Wales on Sunday and Celtic series of weekly papers, balloted in favour of strike action earlier this month over plans to make 13 editorial staff redundant.

This followed an announcement by Trinity Mirror in September of plans to close two paid-for weekly papers in South Wales – the Neath Guardian and Port Talbot Guardian – and axe a number of posts from its niche publications and magazine portfolio.

Martin Shipton, Media Wales father of chapel, said: “We are very pleased that industrial action will not now be necessary.

“Our clearly stated aim in these circumstances was to ensure that none of our members were forced to leave employment against their will and that has been achieved.

“A number of NUJ members decided to opt for voluntary redundancy and they will leave with our best wishes.

“We look forward to working with the company to ensure that new working arrangements do not create excessive workloads for those who remain.”

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