Ninety editorial jobs have been earmarked for redundancy at the Daily Record and Sunday Mail - well over a third of the papers' editorial total, allmediascotland reports.
In a statement issued by the papers' publishers, Trinity Mirror, the proposed redundancies are part of a "next stage ... technology-led development which will result in the creation of one of the most technologically advanced and operationally efficient digital newsrooms in Europe".
The statement continues: "These plans will allow the Daily Record and Sunday Mail to increase their focus on high-quality Scottish news and Scottish sport, with an editorial structure fit for purpose in this fast moving multimedia publishing environment.
"The wide-ranging proposals take advantage of the company’s ongoing investment in the ContentWatch editorial system which streamlines the production process and facilitates online publishing."
The union says it is understood the company is planning to outsource subbing of features pages to the Press Association in Howden, Yorkshire, to merge the news and features departments and to rely on the Mirror in London for national, international and showbiz news.
NUJ Scottish Organiser Paul Holleran said “We are absolutely shocked and stunned at the news. We are meeting with management tomorrow to discuss their proposals for handling the cuts and suggesting alternatives.
“We will be arguing such a savage cut in jobs would be destructive for the future of the Daily Record and Sunday Mail in Scotland and arguing that the company should reconsider.
“The company’s proposals would mean a significant number of editorial jobs would be taken out of Scotland and this would impact on the Daily Record and Sunday Mail’s unique Scottish identity.
“The loss of such a high volume of jobs to journalism in Scotland is totally unacceptable.”