68 editorial jobs to go at The Guardian and Observer

The Guardian is cutting almost 70 editorial jobs on top of the 30 journalists who have already left and has again warned staff that it cannot rule out compulsory redundancies.

In November Guardian and Observer journalists voted to hold a strike ballot in response to management proposals to cut up to 100 editorial jobs.

It first emerged in October that compulsory redundancies could be on the cards at Guardian News & Media when it was revealed around 30 editorial staff had volunteered to go – with the publisher looking to cut between 70 and 100 jobs.

A story on The Guardian this morning quoted Sheila Fitzsimons, executive editor of transformation at GNM, telling staff: "To reach 100 we need a further 68 [full-time equivalents]," said Sheila Fitzsimons, executive editor of transformation at GNM. "The only way the number would come down from 68 is if there were other proposals for permanent savings."

The paper reported:

On Thursday, GNM, following consultation with the National Union of Journalists, for the first time outlined how many posts it was seeking to cut from each editorial department – including 22 from Guardian news (including the business, media, society, education and consumer desks); 15 from culture, features, Saturday Guardian and Guardian Weekly; eight from sport; three from comment; eight from the Observer and six from pictures.

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