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Express Newspapers 15 September 2008

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Branch members at last week’s meeting were shocked to hear the latest developments at Express Newspapers – the statement below has now been posted on the NUJ national website:

Journalists at Express Newspapers have warned that proposed redundancies at the Daily and Sunday Express threaten the very future of the papers.

An NUJ chapel resolution passed on Wednesday (10/09) said:

“This chapel views with anger the proposed redundancies which will herald the immediate demise of the Daily Express and Sunday Express as national newspapers. The chapel reiterates its longstanding and absolute opposition to compulsory redundancies and five-night working weeks and asks its officials to return as soon as possible with full details of the proposals.”

The company has proposed cutting up to 69 editorial jobs, including more than 30 sub-editors.

NUJ National Newspapers Organiser Barry Fitzpatrick said: “We have serious concerns about these cuts – about what they mean for people under threat of losing their jobs, but also that they will impose lower editorial standards and damage quality on these historic titles.

“We are due to meet management next week, when we will again press for information about how management intends for these proposed changes to work – information that they haven’t been able to supply to date.”

11 September 2008

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