200 job cuts planned at Trinity Mirror nationals
10 June 2010
Trinity Mirror has announced plans to axe 200 jobs at the Daily and Sunday Mirror and The People. The NUJ has condemned the plans and will discuss next steps with NUJ reps from across the three titles on Friday.
Richard Wallace, editor of the Daily Mirror, cited "evolution" as one of the main drivers for the slashing of a quarter of the group's workforce.
Jeremy Dear, general secretary of the NUJ, condemned the redundancies as "Neanderthal":
"It's disgraceful that, against a background of making more than £70m in profit last year and of paying millions in remuneration to a handful of Trinity mirror execs, the company should now throw more than a quarter of its talented, hardworking workforce onto the scrap heap.
"Sly Bailey's assurance that no more redundancies were planned has been shown to be a blatant lie. A 'multimedia future' without talented multimedia journalists is a short cut to disaster.
"This savage package of redundancies is also a stark warning to editorial staff at national, regional and local newspapers all over the country, as they reveal the real, cost-cutting intent behind the introduction of content management systems such as Contentwatch, as used at the Trinity Mirror group and ATEX, as used across Johnston Press.
"We have organised a meeting of Trinity Mirror reps from across the group tomorrow afternoon where we will devise a plan of action to defend jobs and quality journalism at these titles."