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Glasgow journalists angered by Trinity Mirror job cuts

8 April 2009

NUJ members at the Daily Record and Sunday Mail called an emergency meeting today after 24 colleagues were told they had been chosen for redundancy.

Journalists on the Glasgow-based titles have already given notice of a strike on Friday over owner Trinity Mirror's proposal to shed 70 jobs and merge production of the two titles. A 24-hour strike was held last Saturday.

James Doherty, NUJ president, who works in Glasgow, said:

"Trinity Mirror's treatment of these titles is nothing short of shameful.
"The Daily Record and Sunday Mail were brought to their knees by the greed of Robert Maxwell and today, journalists have fallen foul of the greed of Trinity Mirror shareholders.
"The NUJ will continue to fight for those who have been sacked and for those who continue to be threatened with redundancy.
"It's a sorry day for Scottish journalism – and our role in a healthy democracy – when our members are being escorted from the building with boxes and bags of their personal belongings."

The company announced proposals in February to cut 70 out of 276 editorial staff. That number has since been reduced to 57.

Paul Holleran. NUJ Scottish Organiser, said more than 40 staff members had applied for voluntary redundancy. However, he accused Trinity Mirror of refusing to accept a compromise solution that would avoid up to 30 compulsory redundancies.

The Daily Record's circulation has dropped to about 336,000 – making it second in Scotland to the Scottish Sun, according to official ABC figures.

The circulation of the Sunday Mail has fallen to 416,169, but it is Scotland's most popular Sunday newspaper.

Trinity Mirror returned profits of £145 million in 2008, a profit margin of 17 percent. In the ten years to 2007, the company paid £520m to shareholders.

Jeremy Dear, NUJ General Secretary, said:

"These compulsory redundancies are not needed. Trinity Mirror has looted Scotland's economy of millions of pounds and paid it in dividends to rich shareholders in Surrey and America and in bonuses to fat cat bosses.
"NUJ members on the Record and Mail are saying enough is enough. Stop the cuts and invest some of your enormous profits in journalism that Scottish people want to read."

Record and Mail journalists are working to rule as they build up to Friday's strike.

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