NUJ members at Glasgow Herald to ballot over job cuts
28 June 2013
The Glasgow Herald NUJ chapel has decided to ballot over jobs cuts. The chapel has agreed unanimously to hold an industrial action ballot in an effort to persuade the company to improve redundancy terms and to avoid compulsory redundancies.
The NUJ is asking the company for more time to talk and to extend the deadline for volunteers for at least a week.
Paul Holleran, NUJ organiser in Scotland, said:
"The NUJ approached Newsquest management around three weeks ago seeking more staff for a beleaguered workforce, particularly production where a number of members have been or are off with stress.
"We are now facing up to 20 redundancies and although we were prepared to try and work with management as we did successfully at The Scotsman there appears to be little or no willingness on the Newsquest side to compromise.
"We fought a successful legal action a few years ago to protect our redundancy terms and it now looks like we might have to do the same again. If they want a smooth restructuring they need to be flexible with the terms.
"Members are really angry and are calling for industrial action across the whole of Newsquest, the least management can do is slow down the process and enter into meaningful talks with the union."