NUJ seeks compensation for Scottish Newsquest journalists
29 May 2009
The NUJ is to seek compensation that could total two million pounds for journalists who were forced to reapply for their own jobs at the Glasgow Herald group.
In a letter to members working at The Herald, Sunday Herald and Evening Times newspapers, the union says it believes Newsquest's handling of the procedure could result in a payout of between £5,000 and £10,000 per union member.
The letter, which gives people the chance to opt out of the claim, says the union's lawyers believe there's "a very high chance of success".
In December, the newspapers' publisher, Newsquest, announced plans to reduce its workforce, by inviting all but a handful of its 250 staff to apply for 40 fewer posts.
Paul Holleran, NUJ Scottish organiser, said:
"We will be proceeding with claims on behalf of all 250 NUJ members who were involved in the dismissal/redundancy process and imposition of lesser contractual terms."
The behaviour of Newsquest bosses in Glasgow outraged many Scottish politicians.