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Dublin trade unionists to join INN protest

12 October 2009

Trades unionists in Dublin plan to protest outside the radio company Independent Network News (INN) tomorrow in solidarity with seventeen journalists who are facing the axe. The demonstration has been called to coincide with a board meeting that will discuss the closure of the firm.

NUJ members and other supporters are being asked to gather at 12.45pm, outside 62 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2.

The INN chapel voted last Friday in favour of industrial action over the cuts. They were given a standing ovation at the NUJ Irish Delegate Conference on Saturday.

The campaign to save INN has been backed by the general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, who described the proposed closure as "a major threat to media diversity in Ireland".

Speaking at the NUJ delegate conference, David Begg paid tribute to the professionalism of INN staff and pledged the full support of Congress for attempts to challenge the actions of the board.

Jeremy Dear, NUJ General Secretary, said:

"The whole union is behind the chapel at INN. I congratulate them on their stand so far and pledge all the support they need to fight for their jobs and the much-praised news service they provide to the local radio stations of Ireland.
"I urge everyone who can to attend the lunchtime protest in Dublin on Tuesday."

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