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Video: STUC award for NUJ Health and Safety reps

Watch the video about the NUJ reps work on Health and Safety at Newsquest in Scotland. You can watch the video here:

Following seven consecutive years of redundancies, severely affecting staffing levels at Newsquest titles The Herald, Sunday Herald and Evening Times, the NUJ chapel changed tack. Working with the NUJ organisers they introduced a health and safety approach to handling the stresses and pressures on remaining editorial staff. The involvement of the chapel in directly influencing new editorial structures and standing up to job cuts has changed industrial relations in the way the company and union work together.


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D-Day at Newsquest

Failure to reach agreement today over the last threatened redundancy at the Herald and Times will lead to a ballot for industrial action. Despite constructive engagement on restructuring the newsroom in recent weeks, the wheels are about to come off as management appear unwilling to compromise over one post. A single photographer has been identified for compulsory redundancy and the union has written to management alerting them that any CR is unacceptable and will trigger a ballot for action.

There is still a chance of re-deployment and both sides are exploring whether that is a possibility, with consultation meetings organised for 4pm (Thursday). A vote for industrial action will almost certainly impact on company plans for further restructuring before the end of the year.

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Restructuring Talks Progress

NUJ officials and FoCs have been working hard behind the scenes this week on proposals to restructure editorial areas across Newsquest Scotland. There will be job losses attached to the changes but there is a real commitment to putting structures in place that will be robust enough to tackle some of  the problems that accompany falling levels of staff. A number of volunteers have come forward so far but not enough to meet the company savings target. More talks will take place on Monday in Glasgow HQ, while consultation on the proposals for the weekly titles will move to Fife.

At the same time the company are holding discussions between the daily and weekly editors over shared material for the digital site and the union will be having an input into how that pans out.