As the UK’s biggest commercial employer of journalists, it is heartening to see Reach plc boss Jim Mullen acknowledge that the group emerged as a stronger business through the worst pandemic in a century due to the ‘hard work of our people’.
An all-members’ survey revealed many found juggling work and the effects of Covid-19 caused stress and anxiety.
It was the self-employed who saw work disappear almost from the outset of the pandemic, survey finds.
The National Union of Journalists has written to the Chancellor asking him to ensure freelances get a fair deal in his budget – and redress for the millions of self-employed who have missed out on aid during the pandemic.
Welcome to February’s NUJ Informed, news from the union’s national executive council.
In a week when Facebook squared up to a nation state and its government blinked first, the NUJ is calling on the Chancellor to act robustly in next week’s Budget to acknowledge the vital role played by journalism in our society, and to usher in a package of measures to revitalise an ailing sector that underpins democracy.
Almost one-third (29 per cent) of the NUJ members surveyed during February’s LGBT+ History month and in the run up to the TUC’s LGBT+ conference said they had experienced bullying, harassment, ill-treatment or discrimination at work as a result of their sexuality or gender identity.
As we begin to see a way out of lockdown restrictions and as Spring approaches there is more optimism in the air.
The National Union of Journalists in the UK and Ireland has joined unions representing tens of thousands of media workers in Australia, Canada and the US in presenting a plan to save journalism from the greedy and anti-democratic tech platforms, which are sucking the lifeblood from the industry.
The NUJ has called for the media, publishing and communications industries to prove their commitment to equality by publishing their gender pay gaps this spring, and not the new deadline of October.