Statement from union

Dwindling Scotsman staff ‘struggle’ to produce papers

ScotsmanJournalists at The Scotsman newspaper have criticised “constant cost-cutting” by owner JPI Media as more staff leave amid concern that the printed paper could be lost.

JPI Media, owned by a consortium of hedge funds which bought Johnston Press out of administration, is makig 10 staff redundant in Edinburgh among 70 across the group’s 200 titles.

The company also publishes the Edinburgh Evening News, as well as the weekly Scotland on Sunday and the latest round of cuts has seen a number of senior staff leave. There is now just one senior production journalist assigned full-time to the Sunday title.

Members of the National Union of Journalists’ chapel have called on the management to explain “how they imagine we’re supposed to get the papers out with the staff we have left”.

The Scotsman Publications NUJ chapel said in a statement: “We deplore publicly the loss of so many of our hard-working and valued colleagues who are leaving this week.

“While they have all been classed as voluntary redundancies, we recognise that they are extremely reluctant to leave a job and a paper that they love.”

The chapel added: “This latest round of jobs cuts leaves the remaining staff questioning how they can possibly produce their newspapers under what would reasonably be considered intolerable conditions.

“There has been little or no guidance from our managers – rather, there has been almost total silence on what our future holds.”

NUJ national organiser John Toner said: “The staff on the Edinburgh titles have worked under increasing pressure in recent years, and their anger is completely understandable.

“Simply put – they have been struggling with their workloads for some time and are now wondering how they will be able to cope with this latest loss of jobs.”

The NUJ rep added that JPI Media “must start listening” to the concerns of its staff.

Daily Business revealed earlier this month that one of two floors occupied by JPIMedia at Orchard Brae will be vacated.

A metered paywall is also now restricting access to The Scotsman’s website which is due another re-design.

For the period July-December 2018, The Scotsman was selling an average of 16,349 copies per day, of which 8,673 were paid single copies, 4,560 were paid subscriptions and 3,116 were bulk purchases, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations.


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