Around 40 journalist jobs are set to go at a daily newspaper and its sister titles under a voluntary redundancy programme, the National Union of Journalists claims.
Johnston Press launched its group-wide voluntary redundancy programme with enhanced terms in September, in a bid to further reduce its costs.
Scottish NUJ organiser Paul Holleran said there had initially been 80 applications for redundancy at the titles, and that the company was only approving around half of these.
He said this would reduce the editorial department by around 20pc and the union was having discussions with the company about who was going and the impact it would have.
Said Paul: “80 people applied for voluntary redundancy, so they are obviously not letting everyone go.
“We want to know about the people who remain and how they will cope with the workload and also what impact it will have on the paper.
“We don’t want circulation falling so it is about getting that balance and having a workload that people can cope with.
“We are working to try to minimise the disruption on the paper.”
NUJ Scotland tweeted yesterday: “Union reps working closely with JP management to discuss new ways of working and minimise the impact on Scotsman titles in face of 40 job cuts.”
HTFP reported yesterday on suggestions that The Scotsman could be “downsized” in the New Year.
Media commentator Roy Greenslade reported that the paper was to axe its weekend magazine, reduce pagination by up to eight pages a day, and move to a single edition structure from 6 January.
But Johnston Press did not confirm the reports and says the changes were only “options” currently under consideration.
The company has not yet responded to requests for a comment about the voluntary redundancies.