Union officials say 135 jobs are being lost after Postmedia Network Inc. announced it is outsourcing its London newspaper printing this fall.
On Tuesday, Postmedia announced the company has entered into a print outsourcing agreement with Metroland Media Group Ltd out of Hamilton for the production of The London Free Press.
The company says other community dailies and weeklies, currently being printed at the London facility, will be moved to other Postmedia production locations.
“This is a tough, tough day for our London members and their families,” said Paul Morse, president of Unifor Local 87-M, which represents unionized workers at the London Free Press. “More than half the unionized workforce at the London Free Press is being put out of work.”
Unifor Local 87-M represents 214 employees at the London Free Press among 2,500 media workers across southern Ontario, including the the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, and 14 Postmedia newspapers.
“We are extremely disappointed with the aggressive cost-cutting at Postmedia,” Morse said. “We’ve already seen Postmedia cut good-quality jobs by merging newspapers in Ottawa, Edmonton and Calgary.”