Newsquest drops compulsory redundancies in Glasgow after strike threat
12 December 2019
Newsquest Glasgow has lifted the threat of compulsory redundancies in response to the NUJ’s ballot for industrial action.
After 86.7 per cent of those voting supported action, management heeded the strength of feeling and, although eight members of staff left voluntarily, the company informed the union it would not seek further job cuts.
Six new posts will be filled from external applications.
A well-attended NUJ chapel meeting voted unanimously to withdraw the threat of industrial action.
The union had also raised the issue of bullying, and said the company had dealt with this promptly.
The papers involved were The Herald, The Herald on Sunday, the Glasgow Times, The National and The Sunday National.
John Toner, NUJ national organiser for Scotland, said:
“Our members are heartened that their employer has listened and that no member of staff will be forced to leave. We are also appreciative of the speed by which the bullying issue was resolved and of the company’s assurance that bullying will not be tolerated. The relief among our members was palpable.
“Management has agreed to meet the union’s reps regularly, and to have routine staff meetings to deal with the problems expressed through our recent stress survey. Any management restructure will throw up issues for our members, and we look forward to working more closely with Newsquest management to create an acceptable working environment.”
The NUJ had conducted a stress survey in the weeks before the company’s announcement. It revealed: 83 per cent of respondents believed the quality of their title had declined over the past year; 78 per cent said their workloads had increased in the past year; 57 per cent said they were put under pressure to produce work faster than they were comfortable with and just 9 per cent said they had confidence in the organisation’s management.