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Guardian journalists stop work this afternoon for mandatory chapel meeting

Guardian journalists have been instructed to attend a “mandatory” chapel meeting at 4pm this afternoon, the National Union of Journalists has confirmed.

Earlier this month Guardian News and Media voted in favour of possible strike action in protest at the threat of compulsory redundancies. That meant the NUJ has the legal authority to walk out on strike.

According to the NUJ, the vote was 81.6 per cent in favour of a strike. In terms of turnout, some 345 out of 642 editorial staff voted in favour of possible strike action.

A notice, posted on Media Guido, said: "The Guardian and Observer chapel has voted to take industrial action in the form of a MANDATORY meeting on Friday at 4pm in the Scott Room in defence of jobs and terms and conditions. All NUJ members, including casuals, should attend the meeting.

"This is industrial action - continuing to work during the meeting is the equivalent of crossing a picket line."

Press Gazette understands today’s meeting concerns a new proposal by the NUJ, which was discussed last night.

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