Five axed Independent on Sunday critics taking publisher to employment tribunal

Five axed Independent on Sunday critics are taking the newspaper’s publisher to an employment  tribunal.

Charles Darwent, Kate Bassett, Jonathan Romney, Jenny Gilbert and Anna Picard were among seven critics given one month’s notice by the newspaper last July.

Press Gazette understands that the dispute centres around lack of severance payments. The five are to appear in a London employment tribunal between 1 and 5 July.

The job losses came at a time when the paper was seeking to make 27 compulsory redundancies.

At the time, newly appointed Independent on Sunday editor Lisa Markwell denied a report on the blog of Norman Lebrecht that the paper was to replace its critics by running a digest of other newspapers’ reviews.

She told Press Gazette:“[T]he arts critics have been made redundant from their current contracts, but arts coverage will continue and it is hoped they will contribute.”

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