Mass meeting taking place today as NUJ negotiates with Herald over planned redundancies

A MASS meeting of members of the National Union of Journalists is taking place in an hour’s time at The Herald newspaper HQ, following last week’s announcement that around ten editorial posts were at risk of redundancy.

News of the  proposed job losses – across the Herald & Times Group, which also includes the Sunday Herald and Evening Times – led to negotiations on Monday between local management and the NUJ’s Scottish Organiser, Paul Holleran, who will be telling this afternoon’s meeting the outcome.

He told “There were no decisions made. I’ve no idea what will happen [at this afternoon’s meeting], it’s hard to predict what people will do.”

On Friday, the newspaper publisher told allmediascotland it “would seek volunteers for redundancy where possible in the [newspaper] division and overall fewer than 20 employees would be affected” and that “like most regional newspaper groups, is has been badly affected by a downturn in advertising”.

It added: “The company’s s1 internet advertising business, printing and magazines divisions are not affected and continue to grow.”