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Penguin Books announce plans to cut 100 jobs

9 July 2009

Penguin Books in London have announced plans to cut 100 jobs. NUJ members at the company are seeking reassurances from their bosses that the company will look for volunteers before threatening anyone with compulsory redundancy.

The cuts account for 10 percent of Penguin's UK workforce. The NUJ and sister union Unite will meet managers next Tuesday.

Barry Fitzpatrick, NUJ Head of Publishing, said:

"Our members at Penguin are already overworked and they fear for what will happen if 100 jobs are axed.
"We want the company to explain their proposals in more detail and – as a very minimum – to seek voluntary redundancies before anyone is forced to leave."

A legally required 90-day consultation period has begun over the job losses.

Jeremy Dear, NUJ General Secretary, said:

"Penguin are looking for deeper cuts than any of the other major book publishers have announced so far.
"I pledge the support of the whole union to our members at the company as they fight to save jobs and safeguard their working conditions."

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