Thursday 10 June 2010

NUJ condemns 'savage' job cuts at Mirror and says they are a warning to all journalists in newspapers

The NUJ has condemned plans to axe 200 jobs at the Mirror, Sunday Mirror and The People and says it will discuss a plan of action with union reps from across the Trinity Mirror group.
It has also claimed that the cuts should serve as a warning to all newspaper journalists of the impact new editorial content management systems could have on jobs.
NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear said:"It’s disgraceful that against a background of making more than £70m in profit last year and of paying millions in remuneration to a handful of Trinity mirror execs, the company should now throw more than a quarter of its talented, hardworking workforce onto the scrap heap.
"Sly Bailey’s assurance that no more redundancies were planned has been shown to be a blatant lie. A ‘multi-media future’ without talented, multi-media journalists is a short cut to disaster.
“This savage package of redundancies is also a stark warning to editorial staff at national, regional and local newspapers all over the country, as they reveal the real, cost-cutting intent behind the introduction of content management systems such as Contentwatch, as used at the Trinity Mirror group and ATEX, as used across Johnston Press.
“We have organised a meeting of Trinity Mirror reps from across the group tomorrow afternoon (Friday) where we will devise a plan of action to defend jobs and quality journalism at these titles.”

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