A regional publisher is set to axe 12 jobs as it outsources pre-press and design work to a company in India, according to union claims.
Unite said that Scottish Provincial Press plans to cut the roles at the end of the month with workers in Inverness, Wick and Golspie affected.
The union said the work was being outsourced to Express KCS, which has a workforce near Delhi.
Unite regional officer Willie Wallace said: “It seems strange that they’re doing this to save money but these are jobs that are going in the Highlands that are hard to come by.
“A lot of these people have been there for 25 years. They won’t get similar work at all in that area. Some of them live in quite remote areas.”
He said the jobs were expected to go by the end of July.
Other regional publishers have also outsourced work to Express KCS, including Johnston Press, which transferred its advertising production work there in 2012, with the loss of around 60-70 jobs.
Scottish Provincial Press has declined to comment.