More than 100 jobs are at risk under restructuring plans by Trinity Mirror which will see its advert creation teams across the country outsourced to India.
The publisher has told staff about proposals which affect around 110 positions across the group, with the pre-press, studio and advert creation teams all at risk.
Under the plans, the advert creation roles would be outsourced to a company called Affinity Express at one of its bases in Pune, near Mumbai, while the other two departments would be restructured but remain at the company’s bases in the UK.
The affected staff whose roles are transferring to India are understood to have been offered a transfer to work there but it is not thought that anyone has taken this up yet.
Trinity Mirror is the second major regional publisher to outsource non-editorial roles to overseas providers over the course of recent months.
Earlier this year. Johnston Press outsourced half of its advertising creation teams to India, while its technology solutions team was moved to Romania.
A statement from Trinity Mirror said: “Trinity Mirror has today announced a restructure of its pre-press and studio departments and proposals for all advert creation to be outsourced to an external provider in India.
“These proposals are expected to result in a reduction of approximately 110 positions across the group and Trinity Mirror has entered into a period of consultation with all affected staff and their representatives.
“It is hoped that as many staff as possible will be retained in the business in alternative roles and that any reduction in staff numbers can be achieved through voluntary means.
“Theses changes are expected to be made over a nine-month period and aim to create the most efficient and cost-effective production model for the business.”
Seven of the positions at risk are based in Glasgow and affect Trinity Mirror’s Scottish operation Media Scotland, which was formed last year as the Daily Record and Sunday Mail were merged with the Scottish and Universal titles.
He said: “We have got a meeting with them on Friday to assess alternatives. Our view is that there are not enough page planners and designers in place. There are not enough production staff currently dealing with the papers.
“We have suggested they look at redeployment. They are having lots of problems with the system and lots of subs are doing overtime.”
Affinity Express’ website says it is “the leading business process outsourcing company that is 100pc dedicated to digital and print advertising and marketing production services”.
It has production centres in Pune, India, and in Manila in the Philippines.