United Kingdom

Journalists at British Newspaper Vote To Strike Over Job Cuts

Not happy about 27 jobs being lost

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Independent journalists have defied warnings from the editor, Amol Rajan, and voted for industrial action over job cuts.

Members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) at the title will hold a two-hour mandatory chapel meeting on Friday 9 August in protest at plans to shed 27 jobs.

The NUJ said that 65.5% of its members had voted in favour of industrial action, and 79.5% voted for action short of a strike.

The vote is against the wishes of Rajan, who warned Independent journalists last week that industrial action would give the owner, Evgeny Lebedev, "very little confidence" in their commitment to the future of the title.