NUJ calls on Independent management to get back around table on eve of industrial action

The NUJ has called on the management at the Independent to sit back around the table for talks after confirming tomorrow’s industrial action will be reduced from a two-hour mandatory chapel meeting to one hour.

Redundancies: 27 jobs are under threat at the Independent

The NUJ said in a statement that the consultation process over redundancies at the title had not been genuine and said journalists’ concerns had not been addressed.

Barry Fitzpatrick, NUJ deputy general secretary, said: "Members want to see genuine engagement with the legitimate issues they are raising, over job cuts, quality and workloads.

“Far from jeopardising the future of the titles, resolving these questions is key to their on-going survival and ability to adapt to change.

“Management should recognise and value the loyalty of their workforce to the titles and rather than issuing threats about the future, work with them to achieve changes by agreement."

Staff at the Independent voted to strike earlier this month after plans were announced to make 27 jobs redundant.

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