NUJ members at AOL (UK) have decided unanimously to ballot for industrial action over compulsory redundancies and lack of consultation, the union said today.
The chapel was told in September of the company's intention to cut jobs in the run-up to the sale of the Internet Service Provider to Carphone Warehouse.
The chapel, which has been recognised by AOL (UK) since 2005, said it feels that its request for voluntary redundancies hasn't been taken seriously and that members are frustrated that a 90-day consultation period, due to end on 18 December, so far has not been meaningful.
NUJ assistant organiser for new media Jenny Lennox said: "Some NUJ members at AOL are very worried about their futures and they are receiving no reassurance from management. Staff are feeling confused and anxious and felt they had to act to defend themselves."
Notice of the intention to ballot was sent to management today. The ballot will commence on Wednesday 29 November, and the result will be known on Wednesday 13 December.