Today (Tuesday, June 28), 96 staffers were offloaded unto the labour market by The Guardian in a right-sizing exercise with over 130 of its workforce scheduled for disengagement. And many of the concerned staffers were not even allowed to step into Rutam House, on Apapa- Oshodi expressway, Lagos, as their letters were distributed at the gate.
The editorial department recorded the biggest casualties as 49 were disengaged. The advert department followed with 22 staffers.
Even high ranking employees were not spared the humiliation as their letters were handed over at the gate.
Those disengaged were informed that they could return on Thursday, June 30, to pick their personal effects from their offices. And usually, they would be escorted by security personnel.
Departments affected in this first phase of disengagement are Engineering/Mechanical, Advert, Editorial and Circulation. Finance, Admin and Press are next.
Gists flying around has it that ABRAHAM Ogbodo might be made the Editor of the newspaper for all the days of the week, against the widespread practice of Daily, Saturday and Sunday Editors. He will, however, be supported by line editors.
Many fresh positions are coming on stream…