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Trinity Mirror’s digital branding destroys a further 49 editorial jobs

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22 March 2018

Trinity Mirror has announced 49 further job cuts as it  continues the roll-out of its digital, "Live" brand.

Online news covering Hull, Grimsby, Teesside, Plymouth and Cheshire will be published under the HullLive, GrimsbyLive, TeessideLive, PlymouthLive and CheshireLive brands. With staff continuing to work on print tiles covering these areas, these changes do not explain the need for significant job cuts. Titles in Cheshire will be subsumed into CheshireLive. The company announced it will be extending this newsroom model to Devon, Cornwall, Kent, Lincolnshire, Essex and Kent.

This follows the loss of 49 jobs announced in February with the creation of BristolLive, StokeontrentLive, CoventryLive, DerbyshireLive,  NottinghamshireLive and LeicestershireLive. Newsrooms in Bath and Burton became part of the SomersetLive and DerbyshireLive digital brands, despite Burton being in Staffordshire.

The union, appalled at the savage level of cuts at Trinity Mirror, following year-on-year cuts, is also concerned that the company is in some cases pre-selecting posts without consultation and treating former Local World journalists as second-class citizens by offering them only statutory redundancy terms. Trinity Mirror bought Local World in a £220m deal in 2015.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:

"Further job cuts are terrible news for our members at Trinity Mirror and will heighten concerns over the company’s strategic direction. Will these “Live” brands mean anything to individual communities and towns proud of their distinct traditions, heritage and loyalties? These job losses will add extra work and pressure on to an already-overstretched staff.

“It is vital that the consultations over these redundancies are as meaningful and transparent as possible. To that end it is hugely disturbing that the company is carrying out a process of 'pre-selection' which inevitably leads to fears that the outcomes are predetermined.

“Yet again, Trinity Mirror is also refusing to tackle the scourge that is redundancy terms at journalists from Local World titles. For a blue chip company to treat sections of their staff as second class employees, only being paid statutory redundancy terms, is behaviour worthy of the most bargain basement employer. We have pressed them to urgently address this gross unfairness and to fulfil the pledges made in the wake of the acquisition by Simon Fox of creating a ‘One Trinity Mirror’ ethos.”

The government is currently carrying out a review of the sustainability of the press.

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