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Friday 22 May


Events

BBC campaign: the NUJ, broadcasting unions and supporters of the corporation, in conjunction with Broadcast Magazine, are hosting a public meeting and lobby of parliament on Wednesday 10 June as part of the campaign to defend the BBC. We need to get a high turnout of NUJ members on the day and will be briefing union members at 4pm to highlight key issues and explain how to green card lobby your MP then have a public meeting at 6.30pm. Please save the date, share the details with colleagues and attend on the day.

Lost Arts: There will be a trade union demonstration against the sell-off of the National Gallery on Saturday 30 May on the gallery's doorstep in Trafalgar Square in London. In what would be a first for any major gallery or museum in the country, senior managers want to privatise all visitor services. There have already been 23 days of strike action at the National Gallery and union members are organising another 11 days of action. Artists Grayson Perry, Mark Wallinger, Ryan Gander and Peter Kennard are supporting the campaign.

End Austerity Now: Just weeks after the General Election the People's Assembly has organised a national demonstration. Assemble: 12pm on Saturday 20 June at the Bank of England (Queen Victoria Street) in London (Tube: Bank). The People's Assembly local groups have organised coaches to London. For more information visit the People’s Assembly website.

Human Rights conference: At the Tory party conference in 2014, David Cameron announced that he was ready to remove the UK from the European Convention on Human Rights. What would withdrawal from the ECHR mean for employment rights and worker protections? A one day conference aims to shed light on the issues by focusing on the kind of workplace abuses that the Convention aims to protect us against. The one day conference has been organised by the Institute of Employment Rights on Wednesday 1 July. For more information visit the IER website.


Surveys

Shareholders: The union is collating a list of all members who are shareholders in a range of media companies. Please let us know if you are a shareholder by emailing: campaigns@nuj.org.uk

Press Freedom: take part in the NUJ survey to support journalists' editorial freedom from the pressures of proprietors and advertisers. Please complete the confidential NUJ survey online.


Support

Taking aim at the BBC: Sign the petition calling on John Whittingdale MP, the minister for culture, media and sport, to protect the BBC and ensure it has the necessary resources to remain as a strong impartial voice across the UK and internationally. Sign the petition online via the Avaaz website.

Stop the newspaper office closure: support the local NUJ chapel and help save the Caernarfon Trinity Mirror newspaper office. Sign and share the NUJ petition.

TTIP campaign: In the next few weeks, the European Parliament is going to determine its positions on the trade deal between the EU and the US called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). In response, trade unions have launched an online petition and letter for MEPs to demand they reject special rights for corporations. The investor-state-dispute settlement (ISDS) system gives special rights for foreign investors and would allow them to challenge laws, regulations and court decisions if it reduces the value of their investment or profits. If the plan goes ahead, it will impact on laws protecting labour and human rights, health and safety, and our environment. The International Trade Committee of the European Parliament will vote on 28 May. Take action and say no to TTIP via the campaign website.


Training

Professional NUJ training: upcoming courses in September include shorthand and feature writing. Browse the union’s professional training courses and book online via the NUJ website.

Union reps training: In July members can attend NUJ health and safety training. NUJ trade union training courses are listed on the NUJ website.

Training in Wales: the NUJ offers a programme of subsidised, practical courses in new media and core journalism skills, including how to build a website, how to run a campaign using social media and media law refresher sessions. More details on the NUJ training Wales website.

Training in Scotland: the full range of courses and training activities offered by NUJ Scotland can be found on the NUJ Scotland training website.

FEU training: free workshops this month include how to present yourself to get new work, London, and blogging for creative freelances, Birmingham. Book your place at a Federation of Entertainment Union’s training events via the FEU website.


Updates

NUJ recruitment: please forward this email to colleagues and ask them to join the NUJ online.

NUJ press cards: members can apply for or renew press cards via the dedicated page on the NUJ website.


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