MUCH-anticipated plans to merge the production of the three main titles at Scotsman Publications – The Scotsman, the Edinburgh Evening News and Scotland on Sunday – were formally announced to staff yesterday.
In a memo issued by the papers’ managing director, Michael Johnston, it was confirmed that “the sub-editing function, picture desk and photographic unit [be centralised] to meet the needs of all titles”.
Johnston also stated that, if implemented, the proposal will improve efficiency but place up to five roles “at risk of redundancy”.
He added: “There would also be a reorganisation of casual shifts.”
A consultation process now begins, expected to last until early May.
Continued Johnston: “Prior to any implementation, we will consult extensively on an individual and collective basis.
“During this consultation process, we will explain the procedure, consider all alternatives, examine ways of mitigating the effects of this proposal, determine redundancy terms and address any other issues that may arise.”
He said: “In the event this proposal goes ahead, the company will endeavour to minimise the impact of the proposal through voluntary redundancy and re-deployment to alternative positions within the company and the group.”