Journalists at Trinity Mirror titles in North Wales have voted unanimously to ballot for industrial action, following a proposed restructure.
Last month, Trinity Mirror North Wales announced that 6 jobs would go in North Wales – although 6 would also be created.
Members of the National Union of Journalists believe the move will put editorial quality at risk and mean unreasonable workloads for journalists.
“Our members in North Wales have had enough of Trinity Mirror’s relentless pursuit of editorial cuts. They do not want to take this course of action, but feel they no longer have a choice given the company’s behaviour and the fact that they are constantly in fear of further damaging announcements,” stated Paul Scott, NUJ national executive member for Wales.
“They are determined to stand up for quality journalism even if their employer refuses to do so.
Scott said that the company should “begin talking to our workplace reps as soon as possible” to avoid any disruption, adding:
“We are asking that management replaces journalists who have left the company, reverses their decision on the Daily Post’s political reporter to allow the incumbent of that role to continue to cover the Welsh Assembly from Cardiff and offers proper journalistic career development for digital staff.”
Currently the Daily Post’s political reporter is based in the capital, but under the proposals, they would be based in the North.
In response, Trinity said that they were working “closely with colleague and the NUJ” as part of the proposals, which it believes will “strengthen our newsroom.” It also stated that having the political reporter based in North Wales, rather than the south, would better serve the local community.