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Indy management called back to table on eve of NUJ action

8 August 2013

The NUJ is calling on the management of the Independent to re-engage in meaningful talks over the future of its titles.

The union has made it clear that the consultation process has not been genuine and the concerns of journalists over the cuts have not been properly addressed.

The NUJ chapel has said it will modify the terms of tomorrow's industrial action. It has called a mandatory chapel meeting for one hour, rather than the two originally planned. In the light of this, the chapel is again inviting the company to resume talks to resolve the outstanding issues on a reasonable basis.

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."

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