Independent protest meeting cancelled

This evening’s protest meeting at The Independent and Independent on Sunday, planned to disrupt production, has been cancelled.

The National Union of Journalists mandatory chapel meeting was due to be held between 5pm and 7pm this evening – peak production time for the daily title.

But, following talks, the meeting has been suspended and a ‘working party’of journalists, union officials, and management has been set up.

It will meet for the first time next week.

Last week, the chapel voted 64 per cent in favour of a strike, and 80 per cent in favour of action short of a strike.

The ballot was called due to anger at November’s announcement that Independent News and Media was cutting 90 jobs from its two titles, with 60 in editorial, to save £10m.

Some staff are also upset at the move from Canary Wharf, east London, to Associated Newspapers’ headquarters in Kensington, west London, due to take place in April.

More than 40 journalists have been accepted for voluntary redundancy, but others have been turned down.

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