Indy staff to ballot on industrial action over redundancy

Journalists at The Independent are planning to ballot on possible industrial action over the compulsory redundancy of a staff member.

Staff at The Independent and its sister title The Independent on Sunday are unhappy with plans to make a journalist working on the education section of the daily paper redundant, believing the move is unjustified.

Press Gazette understands that a meeting of the Independent’s National Union of Journalists chapel passed a motion to organise a ballot after talks with management failed to have the threat of redundancy lifted.

The ballot is now likely to take place next week or the following week after which time journalists will decide what action, if any, to take.

Independent management declined to comment.

Russian billionaire Alexander Lebedev took control of the Independent titles from previous owners Independent News & Media in March.

The takeover was completed after INM agreed to pay Lebedev’s new company Independent Print Ltd £9.25 million over 10 months to take on the future liabilities of the loss-making newspapers.

The month prior to the sale, Independent staff reportedly accepted reduced redundancy terms in order for the deal to be completed.

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