Five editorial jobs are at risk as part of cuts being made by a regional daily, the National Union of Journalists has claimed.
The planned cull would represent one sixth of the workforce at the Newsquest-owned Bradford Telegraph & Argus leaving the newspaper by the end of this month.
Under proposals announced by Telegraph & Argus editor Perry Austin-Clarke, the NUJ says two sports writers will have to vie for one role and the business reporter’s job will go.
The union further reports the crime and court reporters are taking voluntary redundancy, while the vacant role of the Aire Valley reporter will not be replaced.
An NUJ Bradford Newsquest chapel spokesperson said: “It’s grim for our colleagues facing redundancy but also bleak for those left behind who will have to pick up an ever-increasing workload to get other people’s jobs done.
“More is being expected of less. Management has exploited the stoical work ethic of its newsroom for far too long without offering reward or recognition, but the pot of goodwill is running almost as low as the staffing level.”
Chris Morley, pictured above left, NUJ Northern & Midlands organiser, added: “In the week that Newsquest’s American bosses announced they were ordering a 2pc reduction of staff across Gannett’s operations, we have confirmation that jobs are going at a key UK daily.
“Five jobs may not sound a lot, but it is in the context of such a low number in the Bradford newsroom. Even the loss of a handful will have a huge impact on those remaining and their ability to produce quality journalism.
“It is clear that the new incarnation of Gannett, following its demerger this year, cannot see beyond a strategy of cut and then cut again.
“What is needed instead is a dynamic programme of investment to breathe fresh life into titles that have an incredibly important role to play in their local communities.”
HTFP has asked Perry for a comment.