NUJ aims to avoid compulsory redundancies at Guardian
24 October 2012
Chapel officers at the Guardian have met with the paper's management, accompanied by Barry Fitzpatrick, NUJ Deputy General Secretary. They were given a statement detailing the company's proposals to achieve savings they say are necessary within the 90-day redundancy consultation period.
They were assured that management wants to work with the union to avoid compulsory redundancies, which is the NUJ's goal.
Two meetings per week have been set aside for the next three months to forensically examine editorial costs and look, without restriction, at all options that exist.
Barry Fitzpatrick said:
“Preventing compulsory redundancy is essential not only to protect journalist jobs, but to avoid the internal strife that such a strategy would unleash. The Guardian and Observer are rightly seen as extremely successful digital platforms. Only quality content will ensure that both print and digital remain the preferred choice of the readers.”