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Staff at Newsquest Wales requested to take one week's unpaid leave

Owing to the threat of job cuts, staff at Newsquest's Wales, Gloucestershire and South Midlands oper

Staff working for Newsquest's operation in Wales, Gloucestershire and the South Midlands are understood to have been asked to take a week's unpaid leave to push back the threat of job cuts.

Press Gazette understands Gavin Steacy, Newsquest's regional managing director, briefed around 40 staff in Newport yesterday that costs needed to be controlled because of the difficult financial position of the company.

Steacy is understood to have asked staff to take an additional week of unpaid holiday in 2011, which would enable the company to guarantee no redundancies before July.

A similar briefing is expected at Newsquest's centre in Gloucester later today.

Staff fear that up to 30 members of staff across the division could be made redundant if they do not accept two days unpaid leave this quarter, then one in each of the subsequent quarters through the remainder of the year.

Newsquest is understood to have committed to pay three months notice to any staff made redundant before September.

Full story at the Press Gazette.