Unanimous vote for strike ballot at Independent
10 July 2013
The NUJ chapel at the Independent newspaper has voted to move to a ballot for action following the announcement of 27 redundancies.
The following motion was carried unanimously:
"The chapel deplores this latest attack on editorial quality and on jobs at the Independent; as well as its inevitable knock-on effect at the other Independent Print Limited titles. It has a long-standing and outright opposition to compulsory redundancies and demands that the threat of these be removed.
"The chapel is also dismayed that no consultation was undertaken before plans for the more than 20 redundancies were announced. The chapel insists on meaningful consultation being held on a collective basis and expresses its deep concern for the future of the Independent Print Limited Titles.
"The chapel moves to ballot for industrial action up to and including a strike."
Chris Blackhurst, the group content director of the Independent titles had said the job losses were about saving money. He told the Press Gazette that the Independent's losses had nearly halved in the last two years and are expected to be £11.8 million this year, but that more savings needed to be found.
In the year to September 2012, the Independent titles reported an operating loss of £16.6m. He said:
"We are a privately-funded group and we are facing the same problems as other newspapers."