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Belfast Telegraph printers in protest at job cuts

By Lesley Houston

Printers angered by the loss of jobs at the Belfast Telegraph have held a demonstration protesting against the cuts.

Dozens of members of the unions Unite and the NUJ came together on Saturday to air their grievances over the loss of 24 jobs.

The jobs, at Independent News and Media's (INM) printing operation at the Belfast Telegraph offices at Royal Avenue, are part of a transfer of production to its plant in Newry. The move will reduce its printing workforce in Northern Ireland from 175 to 151.

When the job cuts were announced in January, deputy chief executive of INM Richard McClean said the decision was based on economic reasons.

“We deeply regret the loss of printing jobs in Belfast but the decision means we are securing the future of our business and strengthening our competitiveness,” he said.

The company said there would be a number of redeployment opportunities at Newry for those affected in Belfast.

The Newry plant will print all weekday editions of the Belfast Telegraph in full colour from mid-March.

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