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Up to 45 posts under threat at Scots publisher

Scottish newspaper publisher DC Thomson is consulting with staff over possible redundancies at its printing plant in Glasgow.

Around 45 people are at risk of the axe on its day shift at the centre although the night time operation is expected to continue unaffected.

The move will not affect printing of its Sunday Post newspaper at the plant.

A company statement said: “DC Thomson and Co has announced that it will enter into a period of statutory consultation with the operational staff in the Glasgow Print Production Operation at Port Dundas Road.

“The company is proposing to change its printing operation from two shifts to a single shift with a possible reduction in headcount of around 45.

“Every effort will be made to redeploy staff into other roles and to minimise job losses. Those affected will be offered support including outplacement and retraining opportunities wherever possible.

“Volunteers will be sought in the first instance however compulsory redundancies cannot be ruled out.”

The statement added that the plant had been running at less than optimum volumes for some time and the company must reduce its costs if it was to be successful in the current economic climate.

A period of consultation started with staff yesterday and editorial workers are not affected by this announcement.

The company’s titles in Aberdeen and Dundee are printed in their respective cities and are unaffected.