A page of the history of the printing press in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean turned, Wednesday, with the announcement of the closure of the presses of the Progress of the Saguenay, 131 years after the delivery of his first journal paper.
The Everyday and The Progress will be as well printed in Québec city from 17 December, under an agreement-in-principle three-year agreement with TC Transcontinental.
The first newspaper was printed in 1887.Due to the recent loss of external contracts in the hands of the printer, montreal’s Quebecor, the profitability of the presses of the Progress of the Saguenay had become impossible.
This new causes the layoff of two employees-executives, fifteen permanent workers and employees supernumerary assigned by the presses and to the insertion.
“The last few months have been particularly difficult for our printing, confessed to the president and editor of the Daily and Progress, Michel Simard. The external contracts that have ended recently, accounted for 92 % of the revenues of the printing press and provided a profitability to this sector of activity. “
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Workers in shock
The affected workers, some of whom work on the presses for more than 30 years of age, have received a shock Wednesday morning.
“For a long time, we saw that it was decreasing, it was more difficult. We do not expect it to be so fast, said the president of the union of pressiers, Paul Bélanger. The dust should fall, but they are all people who have, on average 45-50 years of age and who have spent their life in the printing industry. We will put all our efforts to try to relocate them, but at the dawn of the fifties, this is not obvious to everyone. “
Michel Simard said to have been “impressed” by the resilience of the employees affected by the closure of the presses.
“People are emotional, some had tears in their eyes, but we have to keep our professionalism until the end. This is not the fault of the employer what happened, ” added Paul Bélanger.
Michel Simard, president and publisher of the Daily life and the Progress
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The readers of the Daily and Progress will not be affected by this operational change. The activities of the editorial, sales, administration, customer service and production will be maintained in the offices of the House of the press of the boulevard Talbot, Chicoutimi. The production of journalistic content quality remains at the heart of the mission of the two newspapers.
“It is important to clarify that this decision is not related to the situation of Daily life and Progress. We are all information producers and we will continue to invest all our energy and resources to offer to the people of the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean the quality information they deserve, and this, on all of our platforms, ” assured Michel Simard.