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27 May 2016

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The NUJ has a range of councils and committees that form the basis of the union's democratic decision-making structures. Membership of these bodies is open to all members – depending on their sector or membership category. Where there is only a single candidate or volunteer for a council or committee then the person is elected without a ballot, the roles are also available as a job-share and if there is more than one candidate then members get to vote to decide who their representative will be.

The following places are available on councils and committees - we want to encourage members to volunteer and get active in the NUJ. The deadline for the latest round of nominations is Friday 22 July.

The national executive council has two seats available for members from the South East of England. The Scottish executive council needs two member representatives who work for provincial newspapers, one member who works in public relations and communications, one freelance member from the West of Scotland and one branch representative from each of the following areas - Ayshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, Fife, Forth-Valley, Glasgow, Grampian, Greenock, Highlands, Lanarkshire and Perth. The Welsh executive council needs one Black member representative and one BBC representative. There are also seats available for a representative from each of the following sectors - national newspapers and agencies, new media, and provincial newspapers.

The newspapers and agencies industrial council has vacancies for a Black member, disabled member and an equality representative as well as seats for East Anglia, Midlands, North West of England, Northern Ireland and a member who works for a news agency. The magazine and books industrial council has four vacancies for members in London, and seats available for a Black member, disabled member and an equality representative. The new media industrial council has vacancies for a disabled member, European member, North East of England member, North West of England member and a member of the South East of England. The public relations (PR) and communications industrial council has a seat available for an equality representative, a member from the North West of England and a member from London and the South East of England.

The are seats for a broadcasting member and a PR and communications member on the health and safety committee. The ethics council has vacancies for a member from Wales, and representatives who work in books, broadcasting, magazines, national newspapers and new media. The broadcasting industrial council has one seat available for an ITV representative.

The Continental European council has one seat available for a representative from Paris. The freelance industrial council has one seat available for a member from East Anglia. The photographers’ council has one seat available for a member from the South East of England. There is also one vacancy on the NUJ's appeals tribunal.

For more information and to volunteer then please contact your local branch or email:


UCU colleagues have welcomed NUJ members to attend and support their Bloomsbury rally for truth and justice for Giulio Regeni tonight, Friday 27 May from 17.30–18.30, Torrington Square in London WC1E 7JL. For more information about the campaign and to read the tribute to Giulio, visit the NUJ website

Sunday 26 June is the twentieth anniversary of the death of journalist and NUJ Irish member Veronica Guerin. Branches and chapels are being encouraged to organise an event to raise money for the IFJ safety fund and to remember Veronica by showing the film about her life and work. Donations to the fund can be made via the IFJ safety website

The NUJ Manchester and Salford branch have organised a screening of the Veronica Guerin film this Sunday 29 May. NUJ Irish secretary Seamus Dooley, who worked with Guerin and was her deputy FoC at the time of her death, is guest speaker at the event. Guerin, a Manchester United fan, has been commemorated in the Christy Moore song Veronica in which she is described as "warrior woman". The film showing on Sunday starts at 19.30 and more details are available on the NUJ website.

On Thursday 2 June in Dublin there is a conference about defamation and media law in Ireland. The cost is €195+VAT and NUJ members get a 10% discount. Speakers include Peter Feeney - Irish Press Ombudsman, Paul Tweed - Senior Partner at Johnsons Solicitors, Pauline Walley - Senior Counsel, Dr. Eoin O'Dell - Associate Professor of Law at Trinity College and Michael Venn - Barrister-at-Law. As an NUJ member please quote the code ICNUJDEFAMATION10 to receive the discount when registering online.

NUJ members are invited to a conference in Dublin on Friday 3 June on safeguarding journalism and exploring owner influence in Ireland. The conference is hosted by Nessa Childers MEP. More details about the event including the programme for the day are available online.

The NUJ's public relations and communications council have organised an event in Leeds on Wednesday 8 June starting at 18:00 about ethical PR work in Leeds. More details on the eventbrite web page.

A range of trade unions and campaigning groups have organised a Convoy to Calais on Saturday 18 June to show solidarity with the refugees in Europe. The Convoy will assemble at 8.30–20.30 in Whitehall. Organisers are calling for volunteers to take part in the event and to raise funds and supplies. For more information visit the Stand Up to Racism website.

If you are a freelance in Manchester or Salford you are welcome to attend the Freelance Network that meets quarterly in the city centre. The next event is on Wednesday 29 June at the Mechanics Institute, 103 Princess St, Manchester M1 6DD from 18.00-20.00. More information is available on the NUJ website

Take action

NUJ members are campaigning to save the BBC News Channel, please help to support their campaign by signing the petition addressed to James Harding and share the petition with colleagues, family and friends. The petition is available on the 38 Degrees website.

Ask your local MP to sign the early day motion in parliament supporting NUJ members at the Black Country Bugle and help urge Trinity Mirror to pause its plans and to consult on saving jobs and keeping the paper local. Read the EDM online and contact your MP via the dedicated website.

Use the Privacy International online tool to ask your mobile network provider to oppose new police snooping powers in the UK Investigatory Powers Bill. Contact your service provider to tell them Don't Bug my Smartphone!

Despite promising to reach a historic agreement on the Robin Hood Tax by the end of June, intensive lobbying from the financial sector has meant that European leaders are starting to get cold feet. Join thousands of others in telling EU leaders now is the time to take action on tax.

EU referendum

The union's delegate meeting in April agreed to remind all members of the NUJ code of conduct and offer support to all members working in PR or reporting on the EU referendum. If you feel that you are being subjected to undue pressure at work then please contact the NUJ ethics council for advice, assistance and support. Contact details include a dedicated phone number and email address available on the NUJ website.

If you aren’t already on the electoral register, you must register by 7 June if you want to vote in the EU referendum on 23 June. More details about how to register are available on the goverment's website.

Experience and awards

There are a range of work experience opportunities at the BBC available and the application deadline 30 May. The posts include TV, news or radio in London, TV or news in Salford, regional radio or TV opportunities and places available in Wales and Northern Ireland. For more information search for ‘work experience’ using the career search tool on the BBC website.

The ending violence against women and girls media awards were launched earlier this month and the awards aim to recognise the best reporting on the issues. Entries from 1 January 2016 onwards are welcome and the closing date for nominations is Monday 3 October. The award winners will be announced on 25 November on the international day for the elimination of violence against women. More information is available about the awards on the EVAW website.

Union history

August 2016 is the 40th anniversary of the start of the two year strike at Grunwick film processing factory in London. The strike was led by Asian women and they received unprecedented support from the trade union movement. As part of the campaign more than 500 people were arrested and trade unionists faced violence from the police on the picket line. More recently Brent Trades Union Council have established the Grunwick 40 committee to mark the anniversary of the strike and to remember this epic campaign for trade union recognition. The committee are trying to raise funds for a commemorative mural in Willesden, organise an exhibition and plan a series of public events. To find out more about the Grunwick strike and the anniversary activities planned, visit the dedicated facebook page.

London recruits is a story about international solidarity. At a time when ANC membership was banned, its activists executed or imprisoned, exiled leader Oliver Tambo lit the fuse on a plan that saw young women and men travel to South Africa disguised as honeymooning couples, tourists and business trippers. Recruited by Ronnie Kasrils, working undercover in London, the volunteers exploited the 'whites only' policies of apartheid South Africa to carry out clandestine missions. NUJ members were involved at the time. Their story remained secret for decades. Now, nearly 50 years on, the legacy of their work can finally be celebrated on film. Help to tell the story of the London recruits.

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