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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Tudor, Seung-yoon Lee and Peter Jukes from Byline. More details about the event and to reserve your place, visit the branch website.