Bristol branch AGM and branch meeting
WhenTuesday 14 January 2014
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Bristol YHA (mezzanine space), 14 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA
This is our annual general meeting, and so we will hold elections for all the branch officer positions on our executive committee. Please see below for a list of the positions, some of which are not currently filled. We welcome more members being involved on our committee.
Most Bristol branch members are eligible to stand for election and to vote, provided they are up to date with their NUJ subscriptions. However the NUJ's rules say that associate, asylum, retired and student members may vote but not hold office in their branch, and temporary members may neither vote nor hold office in their branch.
If you are interested in standing for any of the positions please feel free to contact me in advance about what is involved in a position and being a branch officer.
Advance notice of proposals for affiliations:
Proposal to re-affiliate to the Bristol Trades Union Council. The NUJ nationally is affiliated to the TUC and has members involved in local trades union councils. NUJ Bristol branch has been a member of the BTUC for several years and we have 3 delegates to the Council and currently one on the Council's Executive Committee. The cost to branch funds should be approximately £31 for the year depending on our membership figures at the time.
Proposal to re-affiliate to Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom. Both the NUJ nationally and the Branch have been affiliated to the CPBF for a number of years. For more information see the CPBF website. The cost to Branch funds will be £25 per year.
Proposal to re-affiliate to Amnesty International. The NUJ nationally is affiliated to Amnesty and Bristol Branch has been affiliated for a number of years. The cost to Branch funds is approximately £30 per year.
Delegate Meeting (DM) 2014 motions and amendments
At our meeting we can make amendments to the motions in the Preliminary Agenda for the NUJ's Delegate Meeting in April 2014.
This DM there are some particularly important and some might say controversial motions, so please take a look at the agenda before our AGM and let us know your views. There are close to 200 motions, but below are some that may be of particular interest.
Motions 51 - 55 propose changes to the NUJ's membership categories including changing Temporary Membership to Associate Membership which may change the benefits existing Temporary Members can obtain from the NUJ; Associate Members are not currently entitled to a press card.
Motion 55 proposes to explore having a new membership category to widen the NUJ's membership to people who may not currently be eligible to join the NUJ.
Motions 69 - 77 propose changes to your NUJ subscriptions, including a system based on a member's income and a two-tier system for freelance members with extra benefits for a higher sub. There is a proposal to double the minimum subscription for members on low incomes to £120 pa, and having an increase in subs rates over the 3 years of Temporary Membership (assuming that the Temporary Membership category is not abolished).
Motion 78, proposes that the NEC should have the power to vary NUJ subscriptions in the years when the Delegate Meeting does not happen, because Delegate meetings will be once every 2 years from 2014. Currently, only DM can raise subs.
Motion 107 from Bristol Branch calls for a campaign for a Press Regulation system based on the Irish model.
Motions 120 - 142 propose changes to the NUJ's organisation and internal democratic structure. These include:
Motion 120 proposes removing the Deputy General Secretary from the NEC and the post no longer being elected.
Motion 121 proposes setting up regional councils and reviewing the role of the NUJ's industrial and other councils.
Motion 125 proposes reviewing the union's existing range of equalities related councils.
Motion 132 proposes a recall mechanism to remove an elected member of any council if there was a groundswell of oppostion to that member of their activities.
Motions 167 - 171 concern the The Journalist magazine produced by the NUJ for members, and the elected editor.
Motion 167 from Bristol Branch proposes to write into the rule book the principle of editorial independence for the editor of The Journalist.
Motion 169 proposes a re-appraisal of The Journalist and that the editor of The Journalist be appointed not elected.
If anyone wants to raise anything in particular please feel free to contact me in advance of the meeting. It's your union and this is your Branch, so come along and have your say on any issues, and what you would like to see happening in both Bristol Branch and the NUJ nationally. And we usually have a drink in a nearby pub afterwards!
We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 14 January.
Best wishes for 2014.
Bristol Branch Executive Committee positions to be elected
- Vice Chair
- Membership and Recruitment Secretary
- Freelance Officer
- Welfare Officer
- Equality Officer
- Website Editor
- EJN Liaison Officer
- Union Learning Representative
Bristol YHA (Youth Hostel Association) is near the Arnolfini on Narrow Quay on Bristol's dockside, with Prince Street being the nearest through road for traffic. You can find it on Google or Street Maps. There is a multi-storey car park on Prince Street, and metered parking in Queens Square across from Prince Street.
This event is for NUJ members only. Please consider joining the NUJ if you would like to attend this event.
Further details and contact information
Simon Chapman, Secretary, NUJ Bristol Branch