A plan to cut 13.2 jobs at Media Wales, a Trinity Mirror-owned subsidiary, was announced this afternoon without the guarantee of no compulsory redundancies. A two month consultation period will now be held.
The company also announced the closure of the Neath and Port Talbot Guardian paid-for weeklies on October 1.
In response, union members at Media Wales will hold a strike ballot, the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) said today.
Media Wales publishes The Western Mail, The South Wales Echo, Wales on Sunday and the Celtic series of weekly papers.
“Although we have been briefed fully about the financial position of the company and the group, we are determined that no NUJ member should be made compulsorily redundant as a result of these cuts. We expect the company to ensure that will be the outcome,” said Martin Shipton, NUJ father of chapel at Media Wales.