Trinity Mirror breaks 'no more redundancies' pledge
13 July 2010
Trinity Mirror group, owners of the Manchester Evening News, have announced a further round of redundancies. The current proposal would see up to 10 editorial staff made redundant, as the company merges the editorial teams of its 23 MEN weekly titles.
Jeremy Dear, NUJ General Secretary, said:
"This announcement will come as a kick in the teeth to those staff whose jobs are now at risk, particularly given Trinity Mirror's £72.7m pre-tax profit last year, chief executive, Sly Bailey's £1.4m pay packet and her promise, made just 4 months ago that 'There is no redundancy programme planned'.
"What we're seeing is another attempt at cost-cutting to inflate profit margins, but with newsrooms already cut to the bone, these redundancies will simply drive down the quality of the titles, ultimately threatening their very survival.
"The worry is that with the company scheduled to make further cuts in 2010, they may attempt a more savage redundancies round when they move staff to a new hub at Oldham, in September."
Bethan Dorsett and Judy Gordon, joint Mothers of the Manchester Evening News chapel, said:
"We are not fundamentally opposed to a re-organisation of the weeklies and Manchester Evening News and are awaiting further details from management. However, we are yet to be given any justification for further job losses.
"Our members have already faced the savage cuts of last year that included 78 redundancies, several of which were in production and several of which were compulsory redundancies. The decision to make further cuts in a department that is already struggling is in our view extremely short-sighted."