Journalists working on two sister dailies claim they will be left working in “intolerable conditions” following a planned round of job cuts.
Members of the National Union of Journalists working on The Scotsman and Edinburgh Evening News, as well as Scotland on Sunday, have sought reassurances over their workloads as owner JPIMedia conducts a voluntary redundancy process.
JPIMedia launched a VR scheme in April with the aim of cutting up to 70 roles across the UK.
Up to 10 redundancies were being sought in Edinburgh, with the company offering enhanced packages including an additional £2,500 pay-off on top of the usual terms.
The NUJ’s chapel in Edinburgh says some of those to take up the offer have left the company’s titles in the Scottish capital this week.
A statement issued by the chapel reads:” We deplore publicly the loss of so many of our hard-working and valued colleagues who are leaving this week. While they have all been classed as voluntary redundancies, we recognise that they are extremely reluctant to leave a job and a paper that they love.
“Since Johnston Press was acquired by its new owners, there has been a constant process of cost-cutting – from closing offices to closing titles. This latest round of jobs cuts leaves the remaining staff questioning how they can possibly produce their newspapers under what would reasonably be considered intolerable conditions.
“There has been little or no guidance from our managers – rather, there has been almost total silence on what our future holds. We would urge management to clarify as quickly as possible how they imagine we’re supposed to get the papers out with the staff we have left.
“JPI Media may feel that they are investing in the company by hiring low-paid digital journalists, but that only re-enforces our belief that they are keen to see the loss of trained journalists and the demise of the printed product.”
HTFP has approached JPIMedia for a comment.