Thursday, 23 April 2009

MSPs call for talks over job cuts at Record

A motion calling on the management of the Daily Record and Sunday Mail to “listen to reason” before making compulsory redundancies has won a majority in the Scottish Parliament.
The resolution was proposed by a former Record journalist who is now a Labour MSP, and also backed by the Scottish National Party.
Journalists on the Glasgow-based papers start a three-day strike over job cuts tomorrow. NUJ members on the Trinity Mirror-owned titles have already held four days of strike action over the company’s plan to make 24 of their colleagues compulsorily redundant.
The Labour motion called for urgent talks before any compulsory redundancies go ahead. David Whitton MSP, the former Record journalist who moved the resolution, said: “Unfortunately time appears to be running out and the management at the newspapers need to listen to reason and stop these compulsory redundancies going ahead without talks taking place.
“Even Robert Maxwell never tried to make people redundant without proper consultation."
The Scottish Parliament passed the motion by 82 votes to 13 with the Conservatives voting against.

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