Up to 30 journalists' jobs to go at Independent News and Media

A maximum of 30 journalists at the Independent and Independent on Sunday are to be made redundant.

Editorial staff are due to be informed of their positions tomorrow.

Management confirmed to staff at a meeting this afternoon that 25 to 30 journalists are to be made redundant.

According to an insider, management is proposing to integrate certain areas but said there would not be a seven-day operation across the two titles. A source said: "They are going to end the nine day fortnight for sub editors and they are going to a five day week."

NUJ Mother of Chapel Kate Simon told Press Gazette: "We've heard some of management's plans but we need more detail on them but we will be having a chapel meeting on Thursday at which we will be trying to give the chapel as much information as possible and draw some conclusions about what it is really going to mean for our journalists who are left behind. We don't know where it is due to be integrated yet. "The end to the nine day fortnight is very worrying from our point of view."

In January Independent News and Media announced it was to cut 20 jobs but the redundancy package of six months' pay plus a month for every year paid was so generous that there had been an influx people signing up.

The NUJ chapel at the Independent negotiated a 3.5 per cent pay rise on February; 1 per cent of that was to be money for the change over.

Management at the Independent were not available for comment.

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