London Zoo workers urge senior managers to resign
In a postal ballot, members of the GMB general union at the Regent's Park site have added their voice to calls from the society's members for the resignation of all officers and managers involved in the June decision to close the loss- making zoo at the end of September.
Three-quarters of the 80 GMB members took part in the ballot, and every vote was cast in favour of a resolution demanding a clean sweep of the society's leadership, apart from three spoilt papers.
But the council, headed by Field Marshal Sir John Chapple, is organising a counter-attack against the society's members - known as fellows - who want new blood.
About 200 fellows last month voted in favour of keeping the 166-year-old zoo open as well as for resignations. The council's response is to hold a postal ballot of the entire fellowship, which is just over 2,000 strong. It is asking them for a vote of support; if it gets one, it can use it to claim that the fellows attending the meeting were a dissident minority.
Alison Cobb, secretary of the Reform Group of fellows which has led opposition to the council and management, said: 'The fellows who care, the ones in touch with the zoo, are those who came to the meeting.
'The council is now trying to get the support of the less informed, more out of touch fellows but the vote at the special general meeting is the one that is valid.'
While the arguments continue, the zoo is in limbo. Officially it is due to close in just over six weeks, but this is unlikely. A surprise gift of pounds 1m from the Emir of Kuwait could allow it to struggle on until next summer.
Yet it appears as far as ever from securing the income needed to give it a long-term future. The number of visitors has risen in the past few months, boosted by the publicity about its impending closure, yet there are still not enough.
The zoo is assessing possible rescue bids from the private sector and planning a Jumbo Weekend, based around its Asian elephants and their conservation in the wild, on 26 and 27 September.
- 1 Qataris pledge to expand Canary Wharf
- 2 #JeSuisEd: People share photos of themselves eating awkwardly in solidarity with Labour leader
- 3 Women think Irish men are the sexiest, survey finds
- 4 Florida couple forced to register as sex offenders for having sex on public beach
- 5 Watch eerie drone footage of destroyed building in Stalingrad
#JeSuisEd: People share photos of themselves eating awkwardly in solidarity with Labour leader
Florida couple forced to register as sex offenders for having sex on public beach
UK election candidates: 'Nasty party' Ukip faces fresh questions on eve of vote
Who should I vote for in the general election? Take The Independent's interactive quiz to find out which party's the right choice for you
Ohio 'Shawshank Redemption' fugitive Frank Freshwater arrested after 56 years on the run
In defence of liberal democracy
General Election 2015: Post-election 'shambles' looms as 70 per cent of voters say SNP 'should not be able to veto UK government policies'
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
General Election 2015: Sturgeon claims Scots 'appalled' by Ed Miliband's refusal to work with SNP
£35000 - £40000 per annum + car and benefits: Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager...
£18000 - £20000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Helpdesk Analyst - Devon - £20,000 ...
£35000 - £50000 per annum + generous bonus: Ashdown Group: Business Analytics ...
£45000 - £50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: IT Project Coordinator (Software Dev...