NUJ members vote for strike action at Independent newspaper
2 August 2013
NUJ members at the Independent have voted YES for industrial action over the threat of compulsory redundancies at the titles.
The Independent NUJ chapel ballot closed on Friday 2 August with 65.5 per cent of members voting in favour of industrial action and 79.5 per cent voting for action short of a strike.
The chapel has unanimously agreed to take action in the form of a two hour mandatory chapel meeting next Friday 9 August between 4 and 6pm.
The chapel is demanding urgent meaningful talks with the company to come to a sensible solution - the implementation of a voluntary redundancy trawl, extension of the consultation process, consideration of conciliation via ACAS and recognition of the goodwill that enables the company to function day to day.
The chapel is also asking for a meaningful response on the impact of the proposed cuts on workloads and quality.
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:
“There's a lot of talk about the vision for the future. It's looking like one in which there simply isn't the resources to produce hard-hitting quality journalism in print and online; where experience and commitment is disregarded; and where the workforce is paid bargain basement salaries and is fearful and compliant. This doesn't represent the founding principles of the Independent and it doesn't square with what readers expect of these titles.
“Industrial action is a last resort and it's shameful that the Independent management is unwilling to properly engage with their staff and is refusing sensible proposals that could easily avert a dispute. To refuse to extend the consultation process and refuse to conciliate at ACAS is unreasonable and unnecessary. Less machismo and more common sense would be a much more productive way forward.”