Democrat publisher dismisses ‘staff fired’ claims

Democrat publisher dismisses ‘staff fired’ claims
The publisher of the Donegal Democrat/Donegal People’s Press, Johnston Press, has dismissed media reports that up to 15 staff members at sister paper the Derry Journal have been told they are being fired.

The publisher of the Donegal Democrat/Donegal People’s Press, Johnston Press, has dismissed media reports that up to 15 staff members at sister paper the Derry Journal have been told they are being fired.

In a statement the company said it had announced an enhanced voluntary redundancy programme across its titles in September.

“Staff were encouraged to consider a number of options - voluntary redundancy, career breaks, and reduced hours,” the company said.

The company said those applications are now being considered on a case-by-case basis and management are working closely with their teams throughout the process to consider a range of options.

“Minimising the impact on remaining workforce is a priority,” Johnston Press said. “It is wholly misleading to report that 15 people ‘have been fired’,” the company added.