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Redundancies Looming at Guardian

Claims the Telegraph:

Guardian News & Media has raised the prospect of compulsory job cuts at the newspaper group as it becomes the latest media company to integrate its print and digital operations.

In a series of meetings with reporters, production and administration staff, the publisher of The Guardian, The Observer and the Guardian Unlimited website told employees that the group had to cut costs and modernise to progress.

Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger said the company was still run in three “silos” – with the newspapers and website run as separate operations – and was hampered by “an old media mentality”. There are no plans at present to integrate the Guardian and Observer into a seven-day news operation, however.

In a move that threatens to put the company on a collision course with its unions, Mr Rusbridger also warned the move towards a digital future would involve re-examining the union house agreement with the paper’s editorial staff that prevents compulsory redundancies and guarantees a nine-day working fortnight.

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