Metroland outsourcing newspaper jobs to Asia
Metroland, a division of Torstar, announced the plan to employees at the two newspapers earlier this week. It would see about 20 ad designer jobs at The Hamilton Spectator and Waterloo Region Record disappear by March.
"We are deeply disappointed Metroland is willing to give away jobs of the highest calibre, not just to another company, but to another continent," said
CEP Local 87-M, which represents 36 media outlets across Ontario including the Globe and Mail and the
"It is hypocritical of Metroland to expect advertisers to spend their money locally while it spends its money abroad," said
"This is hard to swallow when we see corporations use one hand to deliver pink slips and, at the same time, use the other to award multimillion-dollar golden parachutes," Morse said.
The plan, which the company said was not yet final, was rolled out to employees this week in advance of contract negotiations with about 90 unionized advertising members at The Spectator. Negotiations will commence at The Record at the end of 2010.For further information: Media contacts: Paul Morse, 87-M Unit Chair, Hamilton Spectator, (905) 536-5650; Rob Reid, Unit Chair, The Waterloo Region Record, (519) 895-5625