In an extraordinary turn of events the regional newpaper conglomerate Northcliffe Media, which publishes 113 newspaper titles, has served redundancy notices on newspaper boys and girls in Crawley. Unsurprisingly the young workers have turned to social media by setting up a Boycott the Crawley News Facebook page. According to a report in the Press Gazette Hannah, the founder of the Facebook page, stated:
They should have looked after the people who had looked after them for over 20 years, the distributors who had done a fantastic job. They should have been given the chance to negotiate costs and lower their fee if necessary.
Only as a last ditch attempt should they have been ruthless. They didn’t contact the advertisers to see if they would increase their payments, they didnt contact the distributor…no effort at all actually. Just push the paper boys and girls and the distribution company aside and go with the cheap foreign labour
Local parents have vented their frustrations in radio phone-ins, pointing out that receiving a redundancy notice at age 15 is hardly an inspirational introduction to the world of work.
The redundancy notices were issued as the result of a decision by Northcliffe to outsource the work to gloal logisitics and deliveries giant, TNT.
Taking into account their ages the displaced paper boys and girls will not be entitled to redundancy payments.