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1 June 2018

Bring a smile to NUJ members in need

NUJ members who buy from Amazon can now support the union’s charity NUJ Extra by simply adding the word smile to the Amazon domain name. Bookmark the domain and on your first visit choose NUJ Extra as your charity of choice. From then on, as long as you shop at smile-amazon, Amazon will make a small donation to the NUJ’s charity for many of your purchases. NUJ Extra is the charity for members and former members of the union, their families and dependents. The charity helps widows and orphans of union members but it also helps current and former members who have illnesses, accidents or other difficult circumstances.

NUJ Scotland survey

NUJ Scotland are planning the training course schedule for the next project year. To meet the requirements of members, the union is asking members in Scotland to complete a short online questionnaire about training needs. Complete the survey online today.

NUJ Black members meeting

The union's Black members’ council (BMC) has its general meeting on Wednesday 6 June starting at 18.30 at Headland House in London with Faisal Qureshi, chair of Bectu’s Black members committee, as the guest speaker. The NUJ uses the term Black in a political sense to refer to people from a visible minority, the council is however reflective of its black and minority ethnic members within the NUJ. The role of the BMC is to draw attention to key issues which impact upon ethnic minority communities. The council has a proud track record of challenging racism not only within the media industry but within society as a whole. This event is an opportunity to get more involved in the NUJ and to raise issues that matter. To find out more about the work of BMC visit the NUJ website.

Celebrate votes for women

Processions is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in a mass participation artwork to celebrate one hundred years of votes for women. In 1918, the Representation of the People Act gave the first British women the right to vote and stand for public office. One hundred years on, women and girls across the UK can join together to mark this historic moment as part of a living portrait of women in the 21st century. On Sunday 10 June, women and girls in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London will walk together. Wearing either green, white or violet, the colours of the suffragette movement, the processions will appear as a flowing river of colour through the city streets. One hundred women artists are being commissioned to work with organisations and communities across the UK to create one hundred centenary banners for the event. Find out how you can get involved via the processions website.

Demonstrate for the NHS

On Saturday 30 June there will be a national demonstration in support of the NHS. The event has been organised by a range of campaigners and trade unions. The protest will demand a publicly owned NHS that is free for all, proper funding and proper staffing and a world class service for every community. A decade of austerity, under-funding and top down reforms have stretched our health service to breaking point. Services are being cut and cancelled, hospitals and wards are closing, there are staffing shortages across every part of the system and increasingly there are parts of our health service that are being outsourced to private companies. Never has there been a more urgent time to stand up and defend what is yours. Assemble at midday at Portland Place in London. For more information including transport, visit the People's Assembly website.

Union festivals

On Saturday 23 June celebrate Derby’s trade union history and debate the future for working people at the Silk Mill Lockout Festival. The festival brings together local campaigners, trade unions, musicians, community organisations and many more in representing the diversity and unity of the Derby people. The day involves a march from the Market Square to the Silk Mill where speeches, stalls, music and activities for all the family will take place. For more information, visit the TUC website.

On Saturday 7 July the annual TUC Midlands Chainmakers Festival will be held on Cradley Heath High Street, the iconic heart of the 1910 dispute. The festival is the largest celebration of women’s trade unionism in the UK. It is a family friendly street festival involving market stalls, fun fair rides, speeches, street theatre, music and debate. For more information, visit the TUC website.

The 134th Durham Miners’ Gala will be held on Saturday 14 July. The Gala is not like a normal trade union march. It has no start time, no finish time and no one place of assembly. The colliery bands march though their villages and the main assembly point is in the city centre. For more information about the event, visit the Durham Miners’ Association website.

The story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs and the campaign that freed them inspires us to fight on. The annual festival reflects the spirit of those prepared to stand up and be counted. Every year in July, thousands of people enjoy the Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival - a weekend of family entertainment, stalls, political debate, comedy, music and a grand procession through the village. This year the festival takes place on 20-22 July. To find out more information, visit the Tolpuddle Martyrs website.

Union news

Staff at Al Jazeera English have voted to accept a two-year pay deal worth more than 9 per cent, ending four years without a rise. The deal, brokered by the arbitration service ACAS, followed a vote by NUJ and Bectu members for strike action. The NUJ chapel said: "This deal shows what can be done when employees get organised. Four years after we won union recognition, NUJ and Bectu members standing together have finally convinced management at Al Jazeera English that we will not continue to allow a pay freeze to erode our standard of living. The hard-working staff at AJE thoroughly deserve this rise, which was secured by their solidarity and the support of the unions." Read the full press statement on the NUJ website.

The union has paid tribute to publisher, author and journalist Paul Harris. Edinburgh freelance branch secretary, Mark Fisher, said: "Beneath Paul’s dapper dress and impeccable manners was the wild spirit of journalistic adventure. He had an outward-looking engagement in global politics thanks to a formidable track record as a war correspondent. He was also blessed with a gung-ho sense of good humour. I can just imagine him smiling when he chose the word 'conflict' as an email address." Read the full tribute on the NUJ website.

Twenty four hours after the announcement of his death, Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko appeared alive, on 30 May, during a press conference in Kiev, a city where he was reported killed by three bullets in his back on 29 May. In response, Anthony Bellanger, IFJ general secretary, said: "it is intolerable to lie to journalists around the world and to mislead millions of citizens that were rightly moved by this so-called murder. It is unacceptable to mastermind the death of a journalist, especially since two media workers fall every week since January, the most recent case being in Mexico on 29 May." Read the full IFJ press release online.

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