JOURNALISTS downed pens for two hours yesterday in protest at what they called “a merry-go-round of misery” involving redundancies, heavy workloads and a threat to quality journalism caused by company-wide restructuring.
The journalists walked out at Trinity Mirror titles in Newcastle, including the Journal and Chronicle, north Wales, including the Daily Post, and the Liverpool Echo.
Staff held two-hour mandatory chapel meetings — essentially sit-in strikes — with more planned today.
National Union of Journalists (NUJ) Newcastle and north Wales chapels (workplace branches) said “recent changes in our newsrooms” had sparked the strikes in a joint statement.
“Recent redundancies in Newcastle and the failure to fill vacant positions at both centres have resulted in increased workloads and pressure piled on existing staff, which in turn has an impact on the quality of the journalism we produce.
“In [north-east England], the cuts have resulted in a number of highly experienced, respected and talented members of staff leaving the business. Their skills and expertise have been lost from our industry forever.”
NUJ northern and Midlands organiser Chris Morley said: “This action is meant as a strong message to the company which is pushing through a strategy that is simply not taking our members with them.”
MPs have signed an early day motion saying they deplore the sacking of journalists by Trinity Mirror.