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Printers at the Age threaten to strike

Printers at The Age are threatening to strike over the Grand Final weekend, in what could be a blow for the struggling media company.

The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union is set to hold mass meetings at The Age’s Tullarmine printing plant tomorrow a 1.30pm and 9pm.

Printers will vote on how to respond to management’s refusal to meet their demands on redundancy payments, with the site due to close in 2014.

AMWU printing division assistant secretary Jamie Bellerby told the Herald Sun that the workers were angry.

"We’re having a mass meeting of our members and anything could be on the table," he said.

"If they decide to go on strike that could happen. We take direction from our members."

The Age is set to slash 1900 jobs as it attempts to cut costs and rebuild its ailing share price.

Any strike could affect The Age’s coverage of the AFL Grand Final, a major time of year for the newspaper’s circulation.

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