By Nichole Guthrie
Glasgow based Herald and Times Group has made 250 of their journalists and publishing staff redundant.
210 of the staff are likely to get their jobs back if they agree to the new rules and regulations imposed by new editor-in -chief Donald Martin.
40 jobs are however going to be cut as certain staff are going to be merged. The group said in a statement this will “increase efficiency and make full use of state-of-the art news production technology”.
Paul Holleran, National Union of Journalists (NUJ) Scottish Organiser told Dunedin Napier News: “The industry is going through a lot of change but this is a totally unacceptable way of enforcing pay cuts and longer work hours”.
He added: “There will be a legal backlash to this”.
Managing Director Tim Blott said in a statement: “We are committed to producing vibrant and relevant newspapers and websites and see a bright future for The Herald, Sunday Herald and Evening Times and their digital versions.”
Tom Thompson of the Herald told us: “We are restructering the company in order to create a larger team of people working together to get better content”.
He added: “BBC Scotland cut 20 jobs yesterday as well. It’s just the way things are going with the current economic situation”.