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Sun sub-editors walk out

7 July 2011

Sub-editors at The Sun newspaper have tonight walked out of work in solidarity with colleagues at the News of the World. Their protest coincided with News of the World staff being told about redundancies inside the building.

News International has told staff they will receive a 90-day payment, which covers the legally required consultation period for job cuts.

The NUJ said that this exposes the cynical deceit of James Murdoch, who, earlier today, sai: 

"We will communicate next steps in detail and begin appropriate consultation."

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:

"This outrageous manipulation of the legal right to be consulted about redundancies shows the contempt that the Murdoch empire has for its loyal staff. True to form, he believes he can buy his way out of his obligations. This is an act of damage limitation to salvage Murdoch's reputation and that of News International – both of which are now tarnished beyond repair."

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