TRADE UNIONS UNHAPPY WITH LAGARDERE-VUP/EDITIS MERGER PLAN.

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As discussions between the European Commission and Lagardere enter their final phase, opponents of the merger of the French group and Editis (previously Vivendi Universal Publishing) have used the consultation period to speak out. The Commission is expected to publish its final decision on January 13. The European trade union of graphics and publishing sector workers (UNI-Europa Graphical) is among those to have dismissed Lagardere's undertakings so far as inadequate. The union argues that the solutions proposed by Lagardere "endanger a large number of jobs in the short term". It argues that the viability of the editorial...

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