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NUJ "hugely disappointed" by lack of consultation over cull at Buzzfeed

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22 January 2018

The NUJ has said it is hugely disappointed that the internal consultation process on redundancies at Buzzfeed UK has led to no substantial changes to the number of talented and experienced staff losing their jobs.

The crude and inflexible cull now leaves the remaining staff having to deal with the loss of their colleagues, an  increased workload, disruption to their roles and uncertain of the future direction of Buzzfeed in the UK and globally.

The NUJ chapel at Buzzfeed has supported staff forced to go through a process about which the union continues to have serious concerns. The chapel is waiting for the decision of the Central Arbitration Committee regarding the union's application for recognition and remains keen to work with the company to rebuild morale and to continue the work of improving terms and conditions at the digital-first publisher.

The company announced that it would be making 23 editorial roles redundant at the end of last year. Many of the staff tweeted on their last day and appealed for work as they departed the company.  Andy Smith, NUJ organiser, said:

“The union is hugely disappointed at the brutal way staff were made redundant in a process lacking any meaningful consultation. The union wishes all those leaving the best of luck for the future.”

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