Staff working at newspapers across Newsquest London have been told they can apply for voluntary redundancy, it has been revealed.
An announcement was made to employees at papers yesterday by regional managing director Roger Mills telling them that due to ‘worsening trading conditions’, the company is accepting requests for redundancy.
Staff who wish to register an interest in this have until 5pm on Monday to make their requests in writing to the HR department.
The move affects those working at weekly titles across Newsquest London, which includes the Watford Observer, Bucks Free Press, Croydon Guardian, the Richmond and Twickenham Times and the East London and West Essex Guardian series.
In an announcement to staff, Mr Mills said: “Due to the worsening trading conditions the company will now accept requests for voluntary redundancy.
“These requests must be made in writing and be sent to the HR department by Monday February 28 at 5pm.
“All requests will then be reviewed. Final decisions will be at the management’s discretion.”
Mr Mills did not include details of redundancy terms or the number of volunteers the publisher was looking for in his announcement.
A spokesperson for the National Union of Journalists said it had asked for an extension to the timescale and numbers of proposed voluntary redundancies, along with the intentions of the company if they do not get enough volunteers.
She said: “As things stand we can’t recommend anyone working at the company should accept voluntary redundancy because people have to look into their own circumstances and the timescale set out by Newsquest is too short.”
Mr Mills was not available for comment at the time of publication.