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Holyrood politicians condemn Newsquest

8 January 2009

Scottish politicians queued up to condemn newspaper publishers Newsquest in a parliamentary debate on the future of Glasgow's Herald group. MSPs from all-parties criticised the company for making all but a handful of journalists re-apply for their own jobs as part of a move to slash 40 posts.

Some praised the National Union of Journalists and called on the company to improve its relations with the organisation.

The MSPs agreed to ask the Competition Commission to investigate whether Newsquest had made false promises when it took over the Herald group.

Jeremy Dear, General Secretary of the NUJ, said:

"I am grateful to the MSPs for their strong condemnation of Newsquest and their kind words about the union.
"We will continue to support journalists on the Herald titles in any action they want to take to oppose these job cuts.
"Listening to the debate it was interesting to note that even the politicians who run Scotland were surprised that employment laws are so bad for ordinary workers.
"These laws are drawn up at Westminster so we will now inititate a debate among politicians in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and England about how we can improve rights for workers in the UK."

Politicians at Westminster have also condemned the job cuts at the Herald.

Tags: , newsquest, newspapers, cuts, herald scotland, parliament scotland, msps, employment rights