Telegraph Journalists Set to Strike in Protest at Layoffs

10 February 2005

Staffers at Britain's Telegraph Group, still bruised from last year's prolonged ownership battle, now face a seventeen per cent reduction in editorial staff.

The group's new owners, gothic billionaire twin knights Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay, have decided to axe ninety journalists in order to cover the cost of new printing technology.

At the same time the twin kin will increase pagination by eight pages across the Daily and Sunday editions of the Telegraph, thereby creating more work for fewer people.

As WAMN reported four months ago following a management bloodbath by new ceo Murdoch MacLennan and his lieutenant John Allwood [WAMN: 15-Oct-05]: "The … cull may not yet be finished with MacLennan and Allwood focusing their gaze on the editorial staff both at the Daily and Sunday Telegraph."

The National Union of Journalists voted last week to present MacLennan with an ultimatum, and is now following through with a strike ballot of members working at both papers.

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