Reach announces further job cuts
The NUJ has expressed its dismay at news of substantial job cuts announced by the company today.
Reach plc, publisher of titles including The Mirror, Daily Star, Daily Record, Manchester Evening News, Irish Daily Mirror and Liverpool Echo has indicated 800 posts are at risk of redundancy, with an estimated 450 posts to be cut. This includes 320 roles within editorial where 570 posts are at risk. Today's news marks the third round of job cuts at the publisher this year.
Laura Davison, NUJ national organiser, said:
“Today’s announcement comes as yet another blow to Reach journalists who have adapted at pace to company demands. Members will be understandably shocked at the scale of redundancies, particularly with previous rounds already withstood in recent months and in the run up to Christmas.
“Reach’s efforts to address economic challenges must not come at the expense of journalists who fear for their job security and the impact of quality journalism only able to thrive with the experience and talent of staff.
“We will be liaising with both our reps and the company to ensure the best possible outcomes for members at this immensely difficult time. Reach must act in the spirit of genuine and meaningful engagement, allowing for a flexible and transparent consultation process that dedicated journalists deserve.”
Reach management have committed to keep compulsory redundancies to a minimum, NUJ chapels are still gathering information and assessing the potential damage to be inflicted on local operations.
All members at Reach will be supported through the upcoming consultation process and as the union obtains information, members will be kept updated on next steps. A livestream at 4.30pm is being held for staff by Jim Mullen, Reach CEO, on updates today.
Members should speak to their local rep or email [email protected] with queries.