Independent's Comments Desk Merger To Cost 13 Jobs

Barry Fitzpatrick, the NUJ deputy general secretary, said he was "deeply concerned" at the cost-cutting measures, outlined in an email to staff on Thursday. The Independent's National Union of Journalists chapel said last week it would ballot for industrial action if compulsory redundancies were made. Plans to merge the two desks include the appointment of a new editor for both by the end of this week, said the NUJ.

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