NUJ angered by 'disgraceful' INN closure
1 October 2009
The board of Independent Network News (INN) has said it intends to wind up the company, which supplies national and international news to local radio stations in Ireland. Members of staff at INN found out about plans to close the company through stories in the media.
News of the planned closure was broadcast at lunchtime and published on websites prior to staff being informed by management. Séamus Dooley, Irish Secretary, said the announcement was handled in a "disgraceful manner".
"Fifteen journalists learned that they would lose their jobs through media outlets, that is simply unacceptable. It is not too much to expect that the company would have taken steps to ensure that staff were made aware of the board's decision prior to it entering the public domain.
"INN staff have made huge sacrifices over the years and are paid well below the market rate for national journalists. They have tolerated a pay freeze and the non-replacement of staff and their efforts are rewarded by this cavalier treatment."
Séamus Dooley said that the NUJ is to seek an urgent meeting with management to explore alternative options to closure. He added that the union's priority would be the preservation of employment.
The union expressed fears that the proposed closure of INN would have serious implications for media diversity and competition within the independent commercial radio sector.