Edinburgh journalists vent fury over job cuts
20 June 2019
An angry meeting of National Union of Journalist members has gone public over its fury with its employer’s latest round of redundancies.
Scotsman Publications Ltd is still working through a voluntary redundancies’ procedure, that could result in 10 employees leaving the company. The titles affected are The Scotsman, Edinburgh Evening News and Scotland on Sunday.
The NUJ chapel said:
“We deplore publicly the loss of so many of our hard-working and valued colleagues who are leaving this week. While they have all been classed as voluntary redundancies, we recognise that they are extremely reluctant to leave a job and a paper that they love.
“Since Johnston Press was acquired by its new owners, there has been a constant process of cost-cutting – from closing offices to closing titles. This latest round of jobs cuts leaves the remaining staff questioning how they can possibly produce their newspapers under what would reasonably be considered intolerable conditions. There has been little or no guidance from our managers – rather, there has been almost total silence on what our future holds.
“We would urge management to clarify as quickly as possible how they imagine we’re supposed to get the papers out with the staff we have left.
“JPI Media may feel that they are investing in the company by hiring low-paid digital journalists, but that only re-enforces our belief that they are keen to see the loss of trained journalists and the demise of the printed product.”
John Toner, NUJ national organiser, said:
“The staff on the Edinburgh titles have worked under increasing pressure in recent years, and their anger is completely understandable. Simply put – they have been struggling with their workloads for some time and are now wondering how they will be able to cope with this latest loss of jobs. They are professionals and have shown the commitment to be expected from professionals. They have the quality of the titles at heart, and JPI Media must start listening.”