VOLUNTARY redundancy applications at Johnston Press – publishers of The Scotsman and several Scots local newspapers – require to be submitted today, to take advantage of better-than-statutory terms.
An official statement from the publishers simply says today: “Johnston Press launched an enhanced voluntary redundancy programme on 30 September as part of an ongoing review of the business and with a view to rescaling where appropriate. Staff across most areas of the business, except advertising revenue generating roles and digital, were invited to apply for voluntary redundancy or more flexible working arrangements.
“The window for applications closes today and we will now begin a period of review when applications will be considered. We will continue to consult with staff throughout the process and will engage with trade unions when appropriate.”
In the absence of exact figures – how many applications, whether they will be all accepted and which newspaper titles will be affected and by how many – a briefing of staff on Tuesday at the Scotsman HQ (home also to Scotland on Sunday and the Edinburgh Evening News) sparked intense speculation, including all photographers having to become freelance.
No-one at Johnston Press was able to comment on-the-record on the rumours.