Telegraph management has

By Dominic Ponsford
The NUJ has accused Telegraph management of kicking staff in the teeth by announcing 90 job cuts without consultation.
The union has official recognition enabling it to negotiate
on behalf of the 521 journalists working on the Sunday and Daily
Union members planned an emergency meeting on Friday afternoon,
February 11, to discuss how to respond to the shock announcement from
chief executive Murdoch MacLennan.
NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear said:
“Management said they will get rid of 90 journalists to save £150
million to buy new printing presses. At the same time they plan to add
pages to the papers, produced by fewer staff.
“There has been as yet no consultation over the redundancies – even though the NUJ is formally recognised at the group.”
He added: “Managers have torn up agreed
procedures and kicked staff in the teeth by sacking people to pay for
printing facilities.
“The union executive has declared we will be 100
per cent behind any efforts on the part of the chapel to oppose the
redundancies, and that could include industrial action of necessary.”
Telegraph NUJ chapel has bared its teeth in the past. In February,
2004, 83 per cent of union members voted in favour of strike action
after rejecting a pay offer of three per cent. They eventually backed
down after securing other concessions.

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