Last ditch talks aimed at avoiding compulsory redundancies at Newsquest (Herald&Times) have reached a crucial stage.
Union negotiators have submitted proposals for a new editorial structure which they believe will help the workforce manage to deliver for both digital and newspaper production. The company say they are still short of their savings target of £700K but the union side are saying that the figures from the voluntary trawl – albeit short of the 20 originally at risk-should be accepted to avoid a ballot for industrial action. There are still concerns that management will plough ahead in setting up a selection process in targeted areas, despite the union calling for a compromise.
The company are expected to make a formal announcement tomorrow on their final position.