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Friday 8 February, 2019

HeartUnions week

The NUJ is taking part in the TUC’s HeartUnions week from 11-15 February. Make sure your branch or chapel is involved. We will be promoting how the NUJ makes a positive difference and having a major push on recruiting new members. You can download the new range of recruitment materials from the website or email for copies – just send us your name, delivery address, and specify the size and quantities of each leaflet/poster. Send your positive stories about the NUJ and let us know your plans for the week by emailing

In Conversation with Gary Younge

His books and newspaper columns have made Gary among the most influential progressive voices of his generation. In the intimate setting of the NUJ's London venue space, on Tuesday 26 February at 19.00, he will discuss the UK's current political travails, the instincts that have shaped his politics and the forces that have governed his career. All proceeds from this event will go to NUJ Extra and the George Viner Fund. Find out more and book your place on the NUJ website. Have a drink and meal before or after at Bread & Roses at the Chapel bar.

Training, workshops & webinars

Freedom of Information seminar: West of Ireland NUJ branch is hosting an FOI seminar on Saturday 16 February from 10.30 to 12.30 at The Portershed, Eyre Square, Galway, H91 HY5. The main speaker is FOI expert and lecturer Ken Foxe. Attendance is free, but you must register by emailing

Sign up now for the NUJ's Rep Stage 1 course on Thursday 6 June in London; it's the first of the three-part programme to help you become a confident and effective rep. More details on the NUJ website. All other courses for reps can be found on the training events pages.

NUJ Training Scotland: this spring's programme of courses includes: InDesign, Law for Journalists in Scotland, Filming & editing for iDevices, Scriptwriting, Feature Writing, PR/Media Awareness, Advanced Social Media and Travel Writing. Go to the Scottish training website for more details. For any queries or to book a course email:

NUJ Training Wales has a range of on-line learning opportunities and its upcoming, subsidised courses include: Strategic Communications; Coaching and mentoring; Media law; and How to Survive and Thrive as a Freelance. Find out more on the Welsh training website

Wales TUC is offering a one-day briefing for health & safety reps at St David's Park, Ewloe, Flintshire on Wednesday 20 March. For queries about the event, contact or telephone 029 2034 7010. For more information and how to book, go to the TUC website. There will also be an equality briefing in Cardiff on Monday 9 April, more details to follow, but mark the date in your calendar.

Equality and diversity: this e-course developed by the Federation of Entertainment Unions provides a briefing on the Equality Act 2010, what you can do about discrimination and ideas on union activities to foster equality and diversity. Go to the FEU website for more information.

Free professional training workshops: sign on at the Federation of Entertainment Unions' training website and as a member of the NUJ you will be able to take part in a range of free workshops, webinars and online courses. Two free workshops this February in London will show you how to use body language to get your message across and how to keep yourself motivated as a freelance. Find out more on the FEU website.

TUC webinar on zero hours contracts: register for this free webinar on Wednesday 13 February from 14.00 to 15.00.

BBC campaign

The BBC agreed to fund the licence fees for the over-75s during its last charter funding negotiations. This will cost more than £1 billion by the end of the next decade. The NUJ believes paying this benefit from the licence-fee pot will be catastrophic for our public service broadcaster and the government must pick up the bill. The Welsh-language channel S4C, which will depend largely on the licence fee settlement from 2023, could also suffer if the BBC’s budget is compromised this way. This is the NUJ’s briefing paper which calls on the government to fund this benefit. Have your say by taking part in the consultation which closes on Tuesday 12 February and by signing the Age UK petition which calls on the government to fund free TV licences for everyone over 75. Ask your MP to sign Early Day Motion#2046 calling on the government to guarantee the maintenance of free TV licences for over-75s beyond 2020. The National Pensioners Convention is holding a demonstration at 12.00 on Thursday 7 March, outside the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, 100 Parliament Street, London SW1A 2BQ. More details to follow, but join the NUJ's 60+ council at the event.

For freelances

Advice on tax: accountancy firm HW Fisher & Company is running another of its successful seminars on tax for the self-employed and staffers who have recently become freelance on Wednesday 8 May in London. It will cover tax and NICs; self-assessment; allowable expenses; setting up in business; Making Tax Digital; operating via a limited liability company. Find out more and how to book on the NUJ website. If you can't make this one, the next session will on Thursday 5 September, you can book now on the NUJ website.

First Steps in Freelancing: this one-day NUJ course  in London on Friday 22 March is for those who are thinking about going freelance or have recently done so and will provide practical advice on: getting your first commission and payment; planning your budget and pension; tax and legal issues; copyright and licensing; and pitching and negotiating. Book your place by emailing

Survive and Thrive as a Freelance: this one-day course in Cardiff on Tuesday 26 March will provide an insight into the practicalities of a freelance lifestyle and tips and tools for better financial planning and effective networking. Book your place on the NUJ Training Wales website.

Winning and negotiating freelance work: this one-day NUJ course in London on Friday 5 April will provide freelances with ideas and practical tips on how to win new work and negotiate its terms.  Book your place by emailing

Bread & Roses at the Chapel bar

The Bread and Roses at the Chapel is the new bar on the ground floor of the NUJ’s HQ on 308-312 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8DP with a range of pop-up kitchens providing food. There is a full programme of events with top names in comedy and cabaret at the Chapel Playhouse, London’s newest fringe theatre. There is a discount for NUJ members on drink, food and tickets. More details on the Bread and Roses website.

Brexit information

Information documents:

Guidance for EU workers on applying for settled status

Passport rules for travel to Europe after Brexit

If you would like to receive updates regarding EU citizens' settled status, email:

TUC Midlands' Women at Work Week

From Monday 4 March - Sunday 10 March, the TUC is holding a series of events celebrating the role women play in the trade union movement and their past contribution. Go to the TUC website to find out what's happening.

Solidarity with Turkish people

Fighting for democracy under authoritarian rule: this Solidarity with the People of Turkey event, starting at 11.00 on Saturday 9 February in London, will provide an opportunity to hear the latest news of the reality of life under Erdogan’s authoritarian regime and what can be done to call to account the Turkish state and the complicity of European governments. Go to the SPOT Eventbrite website to see the list of speakers and register your attendance.

Keep your membership details up to date

Make sure the union has up-to-date records of your address, personal email address, phone number and employment details. Use the NUJ website to update your details online or email:

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