Gannett’s Scottish papers fire all 250 employees

The three papers in Glasgow invited all the workers to reapply for their jobs, if they agreed to new terms and conditions, the Guardian newspaper says. The Herald, Sunday Herald and Evening Times are all owned by Gannett’s UK division, Newsquest.

A reader tells me in an e-mail that all three papers are still making “industry-leading profits,” even in the economic downturn. Still, the reader writes: “After four years of persistent cutting, the group admitted that the papers’ staffs are now too small to be viable. So they are reshaping the company to enable further cuts.They are to be invited to apply for jobs in a new, flatter, merged operation. There will be 200 posts advertised, all under new terms and conditions (so lower salaries and fewer holidays are expected at the minimum).”

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