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NUJ issues JPI Media’s Scottish takeover warning

2 December 2019

Journalists on JPI Media’s Scottish titles have expressed their anxiety over the imminence of a takeover.

This comes in the wake of the proposal to make compulsory redundancies at the Herald and Times, owned by Newsquest.

Speaking on their behalf, John Toner, NUJ national organiser, said:

"Journalists’ jobs being threatened at any time is worrying, but at this particularly febrile time in our country's politics, it is more important than ever that we have people to hold power to account.
"Just because these cuts have been announced at one publishers titles, does not mean that it does not affect other parts of the Scottish media.
"There are many rumours regarding the upcoming purchase of the JPI Media titles, and staff there are equally concerned that any future owner may wish to implement similar cuts after the acquisition.
"We remind any potential owner that it remains the position of the joint chapel in Edinburgh that any threat of compulsory redundancies will trigger a ballot for industrial action."

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