Manchester Evening News cuts condemned
22 April 2010
Journalists and their colleagues at the Manchester Evening News have condemned the announcement of redundancies in clerical and finance departments. Trinity Mirror has announced the cuts just weeks after taking over the Guardian Media regional media operation.
A joint statement from Chris Morley, NUJ Northern and Midlands organiser, and Steve Sibbald, Unite, said:
"The NUJ and Unite are disappointed that, within weeks of Trinity Mirror taking over the newspaper operation, redundancies have been announced.
"We feared that any takeover would result in cost-cutting rather than much-needed investment in a long-neglected business. This announcement will not help to quell the worries of our hard working loyal members at the MEN.
"The NUJ and Unite are seeking assurances from Trinity Mirror and recommending that the group declares now that it is not planning massive cuts on its newly acquired titles to make up the £20 million savings that group chief executive Sly Bailey said she intended making this year. If this business is to recover from the trauma of recession, our members need to hear this commitment."