NUJ to meet with Penguin over job cuts

<p>The National Union of Journalists and the Unite union are to meet with Penguin bosses this week &quot;seeking reassurances&quot; from the publisher after it announced last Monday (6th July) that it plans to cut 100 jobs from its London offices in the Strand. The NUJ said its editorial workers based at Penguin wanted the company to look for volunteers before threatening anyone with compulsory redundancy. </p><p>In a statement Barry Fitzpatrick, NUJ head of publishing, said: &quot;Our members at Penguin are already overworked and they fear for what will happen if 100 jobs are axed. We want the company to explain their proposals in more detail and - as a very minimum - to seek voluntary redundancies before anyone is forced to leave.&quot;</p><p>A legally required 90 day consultation period has begun over the job losses, and Penguin said the meeting was part of the normal consultation.</p><p>Jeremy Dear, NUJ general secretary, said: &quot;Penguin are looking for deeper cuts than any of the other major book publishers have announced so far. I pledge the support of the whole union to our members at the company as they fight to save jobs and safeguard their working conditions.&quot;<br /><br />The &quot;negotiations&quot; at Penguin are part of the NUJ&#39;s union-wide campaign against media cutbacks. According to the NUJ media companies across the UK and Ireland are making massive cutbacks as they strive to keep up &quot;unrealistic levels of profit&quot;. <br /><br />There NUJ is also active at Pearson subsidiary the<em> Financial Times</em>, where more than 150 members of the 220-strong NUJ chapel last week heard the veteran Labour politician and NUJ member Tony Benn appeal for a common cause among working people against the job cuts across the UK economy. At the FT, managers want 80 redundancies, among them 20 journalists.</p>