Sunday 18 March 2018

'Business Post' staff told to reapply for their own jobs

Peter Flanagan

Peter Flanagan

A number of staff at the 'Sunday Business Post' have been told to reapply for their jobs as the newspaper contemplates a new round of staff cuts.

Some 13 production staff at the newspaper are believed to have been told they will have to apply for six positions on the same team.

It is understood the staff, some of whom are 'Business Post' veterans, will have to apply, and then be interviewed for the positions as if they were new employees.

National Union of Journalists' members at the newspaper are thought to have met to discuss the proposals this week, but the interviews are apparently set to go ahead.

The move is seen to a be blow to morale within the newsroom at the newspaper, which came through an examinership during the summer and was bought by a consortium of private equity firm Key Capital and industry veteran Paul Cooke.

Mr Cooke was unavailable last night.

NUJ Irish secretary Seamus Dooley said the move was "unacceptable".

"We regard this as an unacceptable practise and anyone made redundant in these circumstances will be supported in challenging this process by the NUJ.

"Those applying are being forced to do so and will be interviewed under duress. We regret the company has not introduced a voluntary process in the first instance," he claimed.

Irish Independent

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