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8th January 2016

Newsquest Announces Job Cuts

A number of job cuts have been announced across Newquest's Glasgow titles.

25 journalism jobs are set to be cut from Newsquest's Herald, Sunday Herald, Evening Times, and pro-independence title The National.

This is the fourth round of redundancies that Newsquest has announced in the last year.

Newsquest's Herald and Times titles achieved an operating profit of £11.9M in 2014.

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has stated that if these jobs cuts go ahead, the number of journalists employed on the Herald, Sunday Herald, and the Evening Times has halved since 2003, the year that Newsquest acquired the titles.

Paul Holleran, organiser of the NUJ in Scotland, said: “This is not a clever way of running a publishing company and there is a serious risk to the future of the newspapers in this stable.

"We are concerned that a further reduction in quality is inevitable as talented journalists lose their jobs and those remaining struggle with an increasing workload to gather and produce news and features that help sell the product.

“Newsquest executives and board members need to take a new look at the way they are running the business. Pursuing unrealistic profit targets by constantly making cuts, instead of looking at innovative ways to improve the business, are not sustainable in the long term.

“The NUJ will endeavour to work with the new management team, which has inherited this situation, in mitigating the loss of jobs and damage to the titles. However, we are not prepared to accept blatant compulsory redundancies and there is little doubt the chapel will stand up for that principle.

“I am sure we can put into place maximum consultation to ensure a restructured editorial team which provides support for the workforce while producing decent newspapers but Newsquest needs to work flexibly with the union on a number of fronts, including acceptable redundancy terms for those at risk."
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