NUJ statement on Johnston Press Scottish titles
25 July 2017
NUJ officials and Johnston Press Mother/Father of the Chapels (workplace union representatives) have opened formal talks with Johnston Press management over proposals which could mean the loss of 25 editorial posts across Scottish titles.
The union negotiating team submitted a list of items which are required for reaching agreement on the large scale restructuring plans.
Paul Holleran, NUJ Scottish organiser, said:
"Members were shocked at the scale of proposed job losses and are now aware of the long term precarious position of 24 Johnston Press Scottish titles. So far the management team have worked closely with the union in providing relevant information, maximising consultation and responding positively to initial negotiations. We have been told that their plans will put these titles into profitability. From our point of view we want to save all the titles, protect the journalists who will continue to work on these papers and get the best possible deal for those members who choose to leave the business. They have agreed a sensible timeframe for consultation and negotiation and I am hopeful agreement can be reached as soon as is practicable."
The NUJ in Scotland has approximately 98 per cent membership in Johnston Press and a strong NUJ group chapel representing members from Stornoway to Selkirk.