More than ten Local World photographers face losing their jobs, according to the National Union of Journalists.
The publisher wants staff photographers on several West Country titles to accept zero-hour freelance contracts – on the terms of foregoing redundancy payments.
Laura Davison, NUJ national organiser, said: “Long serving and committed photographers are being put in an impossible position by Local World.
“They have been told they face redundancy or must accept an inferior agreement for freelance work with no guarantees. This is despite the work still being needed. To top it off, staff have been denied access to union support in redundancy meetings. Like other regional newspaper groups.
“Local World appears to have failed to grasp the importance of quality pictures to local journalism, including to the growth of digital and video content across the industry.”