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August 27, 2015updated 28 Aug 2015 2:40pm

Newsquest’s Herald titles face 20 per cent jobs cut – third redundancy round in ten months

By Dominic Ponsford

Newsquest is proposing editorial cuts of 20 per cent at the Herald titles in Scotland and across the Romanes Media Group titles which it bought in May.

According to the National Union of Journalists some 20 jobs could go on the Herald titles in what is a third round of job cuts in the space of ten months.

The Sunday Herald was yesterday the only local weekly newspaper in the UK to increase sales year on year. The other titles in the group include The Herald, the Evening Times and pro Scottish independence daily The National.

The former Romanes Group titles include the daily Greenock Telegraph as well as 19 paid-for weekly newspapers in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Bekshire.

The NUJ said of the Romanes Group titles: “This small but successful publisher turned a deficit to a profit of over £4m in the past five years, using traditional methods of selling newspapers and advertising space.

“The group, owners of the Greenock Telegraph, Dunfermline Press and titles across Ayrshire and the central belt, had not made any editorial redundancies in recent years, but now faces adapting to the Newsquest culture of meeting new budgets by cutting jobs and introducing damaging savings which will have a severe effect on editorial.”

NUJ Scotland organiser Paul Holleran said: “This treadmill of redundancies cannot continue. I have told Newsquest it is not sustainable to keep cutting jobs without putting a robust alternative structure in place.

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“In response they said they will be coming back to us later in the year for a fundamental restructure in editorial areas and they wonder why people are so angry. They should just seek an interested buyer and sell the titles if their plan is to shrink the business to nothing.”
 
In a letter to the union, the company said “newspaper revenues are declining and there is a need to cut cost and increase efficiency”. However staff said the current lack of efficiency, with many journalists working excessive hours because of serious problems with staffing levels, was a result of poor management.
An NUJ chapel meeting of staff working at The Herald, Evening Times and Sunday Herald voted unanimously to hold a ballot on whether to take industrial action including strike action.
  

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