A group of paper boys and girls were issued with redundancy notices after a weekly newspaper in Sussex, The Crawley News has outsourced its distribution contract to a new provider, TNT – meaning its existing distributors face the loss of their jobs.
Editor Andy Worden says the company is doing all it can to help those affected get jobs with the new contractor.
The paper is facing a backlash on Facebook under a page entitled “Boycott the Crawley News” and it is encouraging readers to stop reading the Northcliffe-owned title.
The Facebook page was set up on 8 March and has since gained 224 ‘likes’ on the social networking site.
The author stated: “This is a page set up to get the paper boys and girls their jobs back! They were made redundant and replaced by what seems to be adult foreigners! Another great British tradition down the pan”
The row has also gained local radio coverage in Sussex.
John Wright, the father of one of the youngsters affected, told BBC Sussex: “Getting a redundancy letter at 15 years old is very bizarre. It’s a great work ethic for the kids. Kids have done paper rounds for hundreds of years.”