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Journalists stage further strikes

Daily Record masthead
More than 20 staff members have been told they will lose their jobs

Journalists on two of Scotland's biggest national newspapers are taking part in further strike action over job cuts.

Staff at the Daily Record and Sunday Mail walked out at 0001 BST on Friday in response to management plans to shed up to 70 jobs.

The latest strike came after more than 20 workers were selected for compulsory redundancy.

Trinity Mirror said it was taking action to safeguard the papers' future.

General secretary of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), Jeremy Dear, said: "The union is fully behind the Record and Mail chapel.

"They are fighting for their jobs and to defend the future quality of two papers that have been at the heart of working-class culture in Scotland."

Striking workers staged a rally outside the Daily Record and Sunday Mail building in Glasgow at 1300 BST.

The owners of the newspapers have claimed the industrial action will be counter-productive.

Financial viability

A spokesman for Trinity Mirror said the action would "only harm" union members, and undermine efforts to keep the newspapers' financially viability.

The Labour party has backed the strike action by journalists, ahead of their debate at the Scottish Parliament next Thursday about the state of the media in Scotland.

Speaking after visiting the picket line, Glasgow MP Tom Harris said: "This is no way for a company to treat its workers. It is unacceptable for compulsory redundancies to be imposed on staff in the Record and Sunday Mail.

"The staff are dedicated, professional and hard-working and now they have been treated like this like by the management. We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them in their simple demand that the management negotiate properly with the trade union.

"I am delighted that Labour MSPs have chosen to devote their allotted parliamentary time to debate this vital issue."

Circulation figures for both the Daily Record and Sunday Mail have fallen dramatically in recent years, in keeping with several other Scottish newspapers.

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