Eight posts cut on Johnston Press weekly titles in the North West
6 October 2017
Joint press statement from the Johnston Press Preston and Blackpool chapel s regarding proposed job cuts in the North West:
"Johnston Press has announced that it is to cut eight full-time equivalent editorial posts from six commercially poorly performing weekly titles in the North West. The titles in question were not revealed to staff by management for commercial reasons, initially leaving many workers in the dark. Management believes new 40-page templates proposed for the poorly performing weekly titles will free up time for remaining staff to carry out more digital work.
"Talks are due to be take place between North West NUJ chapels and management over the proposed cuts, the consultation deadline and the terms of voluntary redundancy.
"Chapel members said staffing levels are already at critically low levels. A health and safety stress survey of employees is being carried out by the union to get a clearer picture about staffing levels and workloads at Johnston Press.
"Hopes remain that the impact of the proposed cuts can be mitigated by constructive talks between the NUJ chapels and management."