Johnston Press is pondering a further cull of staff which could see more than 40 subeditors disposed of as it merges its regional production centres.
Staff were told yesterday that three centralised subbing hubs – launched earlier this year in Peterborough, Milton Keynes and Northampton – are themselves to be merged into one in Peterborough.
JP workers have told HTFP that around 55 staff are expected to be reduced to 11 and that a formal consultation period is now under way.
Temporary workers, who were taken on to help implement a new content management system, are due to finish the week before Christmas, sources also said.
Johnston Press has made no official announcement on these proposed changes. According to HTFP the company did not responded to a request for comment.