Strike suspended by Tamedia staff

A strike by workers from media company Tamedia was suspended on Thursday following a successful offer of mediation by canton Vaud authorities. The strike had begun on Tuesday afternoon, led by staff unhappy about the recently-announced winding down of the print version of Switzerland’s largest French-language daily, tabloid Le Matin, published by Tamedia. Journalists from the paper, as well as other Tamedia-owned publications la Tribune de Genève, 24 Heures, and Le Matin Dimanche, demanded that the closure be overturned and that the associated job cuts (36, of which 22 editorial staff) be reversed. Following several days of threats from management towards the strikers, the deadlock was finally broken by an offer of mediation from the canton Vaud authorities; Le Matin is based in Lausanne, the regional capital. While the talks – which begin next Monday – are in progress, the conditions are that neither firings nor further strike action will take place, the canton said. ...

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