Mirror Group weekend strike action called off

Strike action scheduled to take place on The People and Sunday Mirror newspapers over the weekend is understood to have been called off at the 11th hour.

Members of the British Association of Journalists working on the two Trinity Mirror-owned Sunday tabloids were due to stage a two-hour walkout on Saturday, however the action was cancelled following an early-afternoon chapel meeting, Press Gazette understands.

Press Gazette reported last week how the BAJ had called off its planned industrial action set for Friday on The People and The Sunday Mirror as a “as a gesture of goodwill” toward Trinity Mirror.

It is understood that a two-hour walkout of staff working on the Daily Mirror did not take place on Friday evening, as planned, as only a handful of employees turned up for the protest.

It is not yet known if industrial action scheduled to take place later this week will still go ahead as a request for comment from the BAJ has yet to be returned.

A spokesman for Trinity Mirror said the company was continuing to work with the BAJ union during the consultation period over its plan to cut around 200 editorial jobs across its three London-based national newspapers.

Trinity Mirror had warned journalists that taking part in strike action would see them removed from the company’s annual bonus scheme.

The company cautioned staff working on the three titles published by its Mirror Group Newspapers division that joining any of six two-hour strikes, which were due to start on Friday, would also result in pay being docked.

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