Strike threat as editorial jobs to go at the Coventry Telegraph

Wednesday 06 February 2013 Updated: 06/02 13:45

JOURNALISTS at the Coventry Telegraph could strike over the latest round of job cuts.

Almost a quarter of its 25 editorial staff are at risk of redundancy as part of cost-cutting by owners Trinity Mirror which is axing 90 jobs from 800 staff across regional titles, including in Birmingham, Liverpool, Cardiff, Manchester and Newcastle.

It is the third major jobs cull in five years in Coventry, according to the National Union of Journalists (NUJ). Last year editor Darren Parkin was replaced by Alun Thorne.

Six posts are at risk including that of well-known political correspondent and columnist Les Reid. Others are in sport, features and production.

The NUJ claimed the company had so far declined to have discussion about its plans and say a ballot on industrial action is currently being planned.

Chris Morley, the union's regional organiser, said: "The bottom line for our members is that no-one must be forced out of work and our reps have indicated that their chapels are prepared to defend that principle."

A 30-day consultation has begun those affected.

Trinity Mirror said the overhaul would lead to closer working between its national and regional titles with more content being shared. It also said it hoped to redeploy more than half of the staff whose jobs are being made redundant.

Editorial director Neil Benson said: "It is never easy to make these decisions when it affects our colleagues in this way but we must re-engineer the way we work if our journalism is to thrive in the future."

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