Urgent invitation to INM editorial employees
17 January 2019
The NUJ has expressed grave concern about further cuts at Independent News & Media and is assisting editorial workers faced with the threat of redundancy.
The union said it does not believe the introduction of a restructuring, involving yet another round of redundancies, is in the best interest of staff or the company. Séamus Dooley, NUJ Irish Secretary, said:
“This is the latest in a series of cuts at Independent News & Media. There have already been drastic cuts within editorial departments and it is difficult to conceive of further reductions in staffing levels. NUJ members are concerned that the proposed cuts will undermine the ability of staff to do their job. Persistent reduction in staffing levels can only have a detrimental effect on the quality of editorial output.
"The announcement must be seen against the devastating impact of recent revelations about unacceptable behaviour at the highest level within INM and corporate shenanigans which have not served the company or its employees well. Staff who have worked hard over many years should not have to pay the cost of recent disastrous decisions at corporate level.
"Current management face a daunting task in seeking to restore the confidence of shareholders, readers and employees. The provision of adequate editorial resources and the granting of primacy to editorial investment is the key to that challenge.”
“I can confirm that the company has indicated that they will continue to negotiate with the National Union of Journalists and will engage with the union on these proposals. The strength of the union depends on greater involvement by employees. We know that not everyone may be able to attend a lunchtime meeting and If necessary we will arrange additional evening or lunchtime meetings.
"I realise that this is a difficult time for INM staff, the latest in a series of challenging developments. Members with specific queries should contact firstname.lastname@example.org and their case will be dealt with by a senior official.”
The NUJ understands that up to 23 editorial posts and 8 non editorial posts are being targeted for redundancy and that a 30-day consultation period has commenced. INM's titles include the Irish Independent, Irish Daily Star, Sunday Independent, the Herald, Sunday World and Belfast Telegraph.
The union has organised a meeting for editorial workers and officers of the Dublin branch at 13.00 on Wednesday 23 January in the Social Hall, Liberty Hall, Eden Quay, Dublin 1. Note the entrance is on Eden Quay. The Social Hall is downstairs. The meeting is open to members and non-members and a special chapel meeting and the election of chapel officers to assist in negotiations with the company will be arranged. Details of how to join or re-join the union are available on the NUJ website.
Guidance note to INM members:
In the coming days management will be announcing details of specific departmental proposals. Please take extensive notes and ask for written proposals. You have a right to be accompanied by a colleague to individual meetings. Participation in these meetings does not imply agreement with the proposed redundancies or work changes. If you have any queries arising from these meetings please contact this office, preferably by email since it is useful to have a written record when seeking clarification. All emails are treated in strict confidence. You can contact the union at email@example.com.