March 6th, 2013

Exclusive: Angry Indy Staff Move to Strike Ballot

Though notice is yet to be served on the paper’s management, Guido understands that tensions over that the Indy are boiling over and the NUJ chapel has moved to ballot for industrial action. The latest round of cuts see 25 editorial jobs on the line and further integration with the Standard looms. In this round the cuts are only coming from the Indy. Derry Street sources are expecting a big majority on the side of strike action in the vote. One tells us:

“People are scared for their jobs but also for the quality of what will be left behind if this slash and burn exercise is pushed through. We already produce three newspapers and a website with by far the smallest staffs on Fleet Street, those of us left will be asked to do more with even less; not to mention this TV station.”

The anger is being directed at the very top:

“Evgeny Lebedev, who has backed the titles with huge amounts of his own cash, has constantly talked about quality journalism. We’ve always been heartened to hear that. I think a lot of people are now wondering how we’ll be able to produce it if we lose even more staff.”

All out!


  1. 1
    Hugo Chavez says:


  2. 2
    Terence says:

    Will anyone notice?

  3. 3
    Ed Milliband Jnr Acting Leader Of The Labour Party says:

    Today I will be giving a speech on immigration, saying that the debacle “Might” be our fault. After that I will be playing hide and seek with myself

  4. 4
    Maq­boul says:

    Make the ungrateful buggers give their iPads back.

  5. 5
    Stavros says:

    I wonder if blacksmiths went on strike when the motorcar appeared?

  6. 6
    Sara Teather MP For Watership down says:

    Today myself and Jo Swinson will be collecting the inside measurment of all LibDem Peer’s legs

  7. 7
    Iron Law of Accountancy says:

    Q:What’s the difference between The Independent and Metro?

    A: £1.20

  8. 8
    Cut-me-own-throat Dibbler says:

    It is their own fault they didn’t work for a decent employer like Rupert Murdoch.

  9. 9
    Sara says:

    The Indy might as well finish the job & get Mehdi Hassan to be politics editor.

  10. 10
    Hannibal Smith says:

    I love it when a left-wing plan falls apart.

  11. 11
    Crap says:

    The Indy is unreadable. End of.

  12. 12
    The Internet says:

    These journalists are a bit precious, expecting more and more money so they can sit back and pen lofty “journalism”

  13. 13

    How quality of journalism and quantity of staff have any meaningful mutual relationship is somewhat unclear.

  14. 14
    Maq­boul says:

    If there are not enough journalists to run three papers then the answer is obvious. Do what Rupe did to the NotW.

    A strike is a good way to ensure that this will happen.

  15. 15
    Jimmy says:

    True. Apparently it takes three people to churn out this crap.

  16. 16
    Moonlight London says:

    Has the strike started or have I missed it ?

  17. 17

    France gives some paintings back (which will not please some here who have bloody veins hanging from their teeth.)

  18. 18

    And there is only one of you and none of me, Jimmy.

    Have we discovered a secret of the universe?

  19. 19
    Nick says:

    While on the subject of Derry Street, does a responsible adult in DMGT ever look at the group’s MailOnline, with its spelling errors, grammatical errors and crass headlines. I have a feeling that the website has been left in the charge of a 16-year-old techie.

  20. 20
    When the night wind howls in the chimney cowls says:

    Perhaps they should start giving the Independent away for free at railway stations.

  21. 21
    Observer of Britain's declining managerial abilities. says:

    It is truly ironic that the left wing newspapers, that have little or no idea of how the private sector works, are suffering from labour union strikes in a recession.
    Will they come up with the usual mantras of “lessons learnt” and “not acceptable”?
    Surely Medvedev must be wondering where he is going wrong? NO? OK!

  22. 22
    Pundit Too. says:

    It is one of the many instances of Brownsian Economics such as that when your revenues fall then you increase your prices. Seems to be still with us unfortunately.

  23. 23
    George Lawson says:

    Where did the Indy get the idea they were producing quality journalism? It’s all left wing Euro supporting rubbish.

  24. 24
    George Lawson says:

    The metro is better and distibutes more copies and shows a profit. I think it’s called private enterprise.

  25. 25
    Mikey says:

    They could always try writing a newspaper people want to read.

  26. 26
    Tosspot says:

    Save Money…..Print it in an impoverished, backward thinking and potential third world country… like Scotland. Simples.

  27. 27
    Tosspot says:

    In France.

  28. 28
    Mark B says:

    ” by far the smallest staffs on Fleet Street”

    and smallest readership

  29. 29
    the savant10.4 highway patrol says:

    That could be painful Teddy boy … especially if you happen to find something that you always thought wasn’t there…

  30. 30
    JH2329483420 says:

    …that you can’t stay away from. You are paid to post here after all.

    You would give your left bollock for a single left wing website to be as effective and influential as this one.

  31. 31
    Raptor says:

    “Lebedev, who has backed the titles with huge amounts of his own cash…”

    Has it ever occurred to these journalists to wonder where all that cash has gone ? And why someone’s own cash should continue to be shovelled out indefinitely, on papers that nobody wants to buy ?

    Perhaps they should try to adopt an equivalent to the BBC model, whereby anyone who buys a newspaper has to pay an annual tax to support the “Independent”, on pain of fine or imprisonment.

    They could justify it as “public service moralising”.

  32. 32
    JH2329483420 says:

    Usual lefty crap. Losing money hand over fist, they appeal to the magin money tree for more cash so they can have a fluffy little time producing their fluffy lefty crap that no-one wants to read in numbers.

    Oh, for a progressive media license! Then the sanctimonious worthy lefties could spout their entitled crap all day long without worrying about those howwible market forces, like their fellow travellers at the paedo-enabling BBC.

  33. 33
    Jimmy says:

    That would be self defeating given the correlation between monotesticles and right wing politics.

  34. 34
    JH3093840934 says:

    Like every left wing vanity project, it only lasts as long as the free other-people’s-money continues to be poured in.

    As usual, when the flow of goodies is threatened, the bruvvers threaten trouble in a petulant attempt to scare their benefactors into letting them continue getting their way.

    If I were Lebedev I’d chain the gates the second they went on strike. The end of the Independent is only a matter of time, get it fucking over with.

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