Johnston Press's Christmas offer dubbed the worst cracker joke
13 October 2017
Johnston Press's festive offer of allowing staff a day off at Christmas in return for a pay cut has been met with derision by hard-pressed journalists.
While comments underneath the Hold the Front Page story, which gave details of the publisher's memo about the offer, inevitably mentioned Scrooge and Christmas cracker jokes, the NUJ said it was clear example of management not listening to staff.
This summer a series of NUJ chapels wrote to local managers saying that many teams did not have enough staff to cover for annual leave, maternity/paternity leave or time owed in lieu.
Laura Davison, NUJ national organiser, said:
"Journalists at Johnston Press are already struggling to take leave without leaving colleagues in the lurch to get titles out with a skeleton staff. This offer will do nothing to raise a festive cheer among staff. Indeed, it shows another failure by Johnston Press's senior management to deal with the situation on the ground where staff find it sometimes impossible to get a day off or timed owed."