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NUJ alarmed by brutal pace of redundancies at Scottish titles


18 July 2013

The multinational corporation Gannett, owners of Newsquest newspaper group, announced on Wednesday 17 July that the company have selected 8 compulsory redundancies in Scotland.

Gannett is a massive multinational media company based in America and focused on broadcast TV, print and web content. In 2011 revenue was $5.2 billion.

The company own more than 600 magazines and other non-daily print publications.

They own Gannett government media, Gannett education and Newsquest newspaper group.

The union continues to try and fight off the redundancies identified at Newsquest and the NUJ has notified the company about the ballot for action.

Bob Smith, father of chapel at the Newsquest group chapel, said:

"Our colleagues at the Herald and its associated papers have the full support of the Newsquest group chapel.
"The rush to impose more cuts on Scotland's prime newspapers can only harm them in the long term and would undoubtedly increase the workload on already hard-pressed staff.
"It's time Newsquest's managers learned that it is investment that its titles need, not slashing staff and quality."

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:

"Newsquest's ownership model promotes cost cutting for profits and there is no real concern for quality journalism or journalistic jobs.
"We give members our full support. The company have failed to provide the time or commitment to address the compulsory redundancies.
"We call on Gannett's business leaders to intervene and prioritise local growth rather than cutting costs. The industry can only thrive if a fairer proportion of profit is re-invested in the best assets of the company - the staff and the newspapers they produce."

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