VIRUS: HERALD NATIONAL TIMES SET TO SLASH SALARIES BY 15%

Newsquest to cut staff pay by 15% over ‘coronavirus impact’

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By Democrat reporter

Journalists and other staff working for Newsquest will have their pay cut by 15% unless they are granted furlough, a union has claimed.

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) said it would hold talks with all its UK representatives on Thursday evening to discuss what its response would be.

The union said Newsquest intended to implement a 15% cut on those earning more than £18,000 including those working part-time or pro rata from the start of April.

It added senior managers at the company would be required to take two weeks of unpaid leave and their existing bonus scheme would temporarily cease to accrue.

The action affects all Newsquest titles including The Herald, The Herald on Sunday, the Glasgow Times, The National and the Sunday National.

John Toner, NUJ national organiser in Scotland, said the firm told employees that the coronavirus was having a “profound impact on business”.

Democrat editor Bill Heaney said: “What a shower, a miserable, money-pinching shower at that.”

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