Le Monde Staff Strike in Job Loss Protest

14 April 2008

PARIS: Staff at top-selling French daily newspaper Le Monde are on strike today (Monday) in protest against the axing by the publication's new management of 130 staff – some two-thirds of whom will be from the newsroom. The cuts were initially announced two weeks ago.

Alongside the issue of compulsory redundancies, journalists are concerned by how the paper will function with such a reduced editorial staff. 

Staff representative Christiane Chombeau said: "We're going on a 24-hour strike as it is the only answer we have against the extraordinarily violent plan we are faced with.

"We feel we are being made to pay for the lack of responsibility taken by previous leaders of the paper."

The paper has not made a profit in seven years – losing €15 million in 2007 ($24m; £12m) – and its assistant managing editor, Laurent Greilsamer, said: "It's a violent plan, which reflects the degree of the wait-and-see policy these past few years. Difficult decisions that had to be taken were not."

Data sourced from MediaGuardian.co.uk; additional content by WARC staff