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NUJ Active Friday 11 September


Events

Solidarity with refugees: This Saturday, tens of thousands will show solidarity with refugees and march from Marble Arch to Downing Street. The demonstration assembles at 11.30am in central London. If you are attending to work at the event, access the union's guidelines for reporting on migrants, immigration and asylum seekers.

Kill the bill: The Bakers Union (BFAWU) have taken the initiative and called a demonstration outside parliament on Monday 14 September at 18.00 to protest against the trade union bill at the same time of the second reading in parliament.

Future of the BBC: The fight for the BBC's future is under way. And so are the government attacks which threaten public service broadcasting. The Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom (CPBF) is holding an public meeting on 21 September starting at 18.00 at the NUJ's Headland House to discuss the next steps in the campaign to protect and democratise the BBC. More details are on the CPBF website.

Whose Pride is it?: Does Pride London represent our diverse communities or has it become an advertising vehicle for corporate business? How accountable is Pride to LGBT communities? The TUC recognises that sponsorship is necessary to keep Pride free and accessible but in 2015, the campaigners who did most to win LGBT legal equality – led by Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners – were placed behind the banks. The TUC have organised a public meeting on Wednesday 23 September at 18:30 to 20:00 in London, TUC Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS. Speakers include Maria Exall (TUC LGBT committee), Peter Tatchell, Nicola Field (Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners), David Sharkey (SERTUC LGBT Network) and Phyll Opoku-Gyimah (UK Black Pride).

Mental health and wellbeing: Over two-thirds of UK trade union safety reps said that stress, and the effect it is having on their colleagues, is one of the main concerns they have to deal with at work. The Northern TUC’s health and safety forum and unionlearn have organised a free seminar to share good practice examples from employers and union reps. The event takes place in Newcastle on Wednesday 30 September at the Mozart Suite, County Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5DF. For more information or to reserve a place email: hparry@tuc.org.uk

Defend the right to strike: The trade union coordinating group (TUCG) has organised a public meeting in parliament on Tuesday 13 October starting 18.00 in committee room 10 to discuss the fight against the government's trade union bill. Speakers include Michelle Stanistreet, Mark Serwotka (PCS), Matt Wrack (FBU), John McDonnell MP, Ian Lavery MP, Caroline Lucas MP and Hannah Bardell MP.

TUC national demonstration: The TUC has called a national demonstration against the government’s austerity agenda and attacks on trade unions on Sunday 4 October in Manchester. Assemble 12.00 and rally at 13.00. Trade unions and trade councils are organising transport across the UK. The Federation of Entertainment Unions has organised its own bus, setting off from London at 7.15, arriving in Manchester 11.30 and returning at 17.00. The NUJ has 30 places on the coach. To book your seat email: campaigns@nuj.org.uk

Freelance salon: The London freelance branch and the freelance industrial council have organised a social and networking event for NUJ freelance members at 18:30 on Thursday 15 October at Headland House in London. Speakers include Alex Wood, editor in chief at the Memo, and Daniel TudorSeung-yoon Lee and Peter Jukes from Byline. More details about the event and to reserve your place, visit the branch website.

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Elections

Get active: Have you ever thought about getting more involved in the NUJ, but were not sure? You can try it out for a few months by volunteering for the latest set of casual vacancies. The current vacancies are available now and until the next NUJ conference (DM 2016) in April next year.

There are places available on the Scottish executive council; Welsh executive council; ethics council; freelance industrial council; magazine and book industrial council; new media industrial council; newspapers and agencies industrial council; public relations and communications industrial council; photographers' council and on the health and safety committee. More details about the elections are available on the NUJ website.

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Research

NUJ pay agreements: It’s the NUJ pay day conference on Saturday 31 October. In preparation, the Labour Research Department (LRD) would like to receive details of the latest pay deals from as many NUJ workplaces as possible, by the end of September. Please contact LRD giving the employer’s name and where the agreement applies, settlement date, pay increase (if any), pay rates, any other terms in the deal, and the approximate number of workers covered.

LRD would also like to hear about other key terms and conditions (e.g. hours or holiday entitlement) even if they haven’t changed. Please include your contact details in case LRD needs to get back to you.

Information in any format can be emailed to pay@LRD.org.uk or posted to LRD, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE18YX (freepost) or you can send a fax to Lewis Emery at 0207 902 9815. If you have any questions, please ring 0207 902 9807. The NUJ is affilated to LRD, an independent trade union-based research organisation and publisher. Please make sure your chapel submits information to LRD. 

A focus on exposure: Complete the online and anonymous international survey for TV news camera-operators, sound recordists, and reporters - including freelances - that explores the impact of exposure to potentially traumatic events. The project is organised by PHD student Jasmine MacDonald and the survey can be completed online.

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Training

NUJ Ireland: While aimed primarily at current or potential NUJ chapel reps, this training event is open to all NUJ members – including freelances – who want to assist fellow NUJ members by organising and representing them. The course will cover how to set up and run a branch and a chapel, how to recruit new members and how to prepare and represent individual NUJ members in meetings with their employer. The course will also explain how to go about collectively negotiating on behalf of the NUJ.

The event is free and takes place on 8 October in Dublin from 9.30 until 17.00. To request to attend, email: info@nuj.ie

Getting started as a freelance: The course will cover the nuts and bolts from tax and finance, to exploring your potential, finding markets, negotiating the ins and outs of contracts, copyright, and problem-solving. This training event will take place on 16 October in London, more information and booking details available on the NUJ website.

Pitch and deal: Aimed at freelances, this training event will cover how to develop your ideas, target outlets and pitch to commissioning editors, how to talk money and protect your rights. The training takes place on 30 October in London and more information is available on the NUJ website.

FEU training: The Federation of Entertainment Unions have launched a range of free one-day workshops around the UK to help union members develop their knowledge and skills. Workshops cover social media, increasing web traffic and on Friday 25 September in London there is a workshop on negotiation for freelances. For more information about all the events, visit the FEU website

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Bursaries

Northern Ireland students: BBC Northern Ireland and the NUJ Belfast and District branch, in association with local charity Northern Ireland Chest, Heart and Stroke, have created a joint bursary in memory of award–winning BBC NI journalist, Paul Robinson, who died in 2009.

The bursary includes an award of £1,000 and a short placement opportunity with the BBC – which will take place in Spring/Summer 2016. The bursary is open to individual students aged 16 or over that are in full–time further or higher education courses (at college or university) on Journalism, Media or TV based courses in NI. For more details, visit the charity's website.

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