KUALA LUMPUR — Dec 16, 2019: A total of 543 employees of the New Straits Times Press have been retrenched following a manpower restructuring exercise by parent company Media Prima Berhad.
NSTP National Union of Journalists chairman Farah Marshita Abdul Patah said those retrenched include personnel from the New Straits Times, Berita Harian and Harian Metro newspapers.
The company’s bureaus or branches nationwide would be trimmed to five from 14, with those in the east coast covering Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu, north (Penang, Kedah, Perak, Perlis) and south (Johor, Negri Sembilan, Malacca) to be merged.
The Shah Alam and Putrajaya branches will also be merged, while the ones for Sabah and Sarawak are retained.
It is understood that the staff affected will have no avenue to appeal when the termination letters are served.
A Media Prima statement said the new operating structure and list of affected employees were determined after consultations with the Sistem Televisyen Malaysia Berhad Employees Union, TV3 Executives Union, National Union of Journalists (NSTP) and the National Union of Newspaper Workers.
“The group has ensured a fair and equitable compensation governed by the Employment Act, the respective unions’ collective agreements and employment contracts. The group will additionally provide support which includes job outplacement services and career counselling.”
Media Prima said the next phase of its business transformation will include changes to its business model and internal organisation.
This is to enable the group to be future-proofed and sustainable, given the uncertain macro-economic conditions and disruptive changes in the global and local media sector.