Back BuzzFeed NUJ recognition
19 June 2018
Ballot papers have been posted out to a group of staff at BuzzFeed in a vote for NUJ trade union recognition at work.
The NUJ chapel at BuzzFeed first asked its management to recognise the chapel's right to independent, collective NUJ representation in autumn 2016.
More than 18 months later, after swingeing redundancies and a lengthy, statutory legal process, staff working in the News and Buzz sections will be asked to confirm they want the NUJ to represent them.
Laura Davison, NUJ national organiser, said:
"It's been a tough time for our members at BuzzFeed but we are 100 per cent behind them as they cast their votes for recognition."
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:
"The world will not cave in when BuzzFeed editorial staff vote for NUJ recognition. It will be a move that will improve staff relations with management and produce results that collectively benefit workers. No one has ever regretted giving themselves a greater say in their working life. You won’t find an NUJ member who believes securing recognition in their workplace was a bad move, because they’ve seen what it has delivered in practice.”
Michelle has written a special comment piece about standing up for journalism, having a collective voice at work and why staff at BuzzFeed should vote YES.
The ballot for NUJ recognition at BuzzFeed opened on 19 June and will close at midday on 6 July. The postal vote is being organised and run by Electoral Reform Services.
The union has been receiving messages of support for the BuzzFeed recognition campaign from journalists across the world, if you would like to send a solidarity message, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To support the campaign on Twitter follow @NUJofficial and use the hashtag #BFUnion