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NUJ calls for union recognition for digital staff at Independent newspapers

16 April 2014

The NUJ is calling on the management of Independent newspapers (London) to recognise the union for workers in its digital section.

The management has so far refused to do so saying there are no representation rights for the NUJ to be involved in discussions with staff in its digital team.

This is despite close working and integration between digital and print content.

Now the NUJ's Independent chapel, which covers print and digital members, has put its weight behind the call for representation in the digital section and for the company to address the serious issues facing people in the section. A meeting of members has passed a resolution to this effect.

Séamus Dooley, NUJ assistant general secretary, said:

"The right to trade union representation is a basic civil right. It is unacceptable that one group within the company should have their rights trampled upon by virtue of working on the digital service."

Laura Davison, NUJ national organiser, said:

"Members in print and digital are backing calls for the company to engage with the NUJ on the question of representation for its digital workforce. The company cannot continue to turn a blind eye to the issues facing people working in the section. They should engage with the NUJ and hold meaningful talks to address the concerns."

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