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#DM18: Delegate Meeting starts in Southport

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19 April 2018

The gender pay gap, intimidation of journalists at BBC Persia, media freedom, journalists' rights and pay and conditions will be passionately debated this weekend at the NUJ's Delegate Meeting in Southport.

Delegate Meeting (DM) is the union's policy-making body. The debates and motions start in earnest on Friday morning and last until Sunday. These motions will set the agenda for the union's work for the next two years. The union's standing order committee considered almost 200 motions from the union's branches, committees and councils.

DM begins today with the sector conferences, giving delegates the opportunity to take stock of the union's work in their part of the media industry.

Other issues on the DM agenda include government legislation, membership and recruitment, union subscriptions, employment rights, ethical journalism, the Cairncross review on press sustainability, whether to have a political fund, union communications, diversity in the media and sexual harassment.

We will be celebrating our new Members of Honour and using the weekend to network and exchange ideas. There will be an 80s-themed fund-raising event for the union's charities, the George Viner Memorial Fund, which provides bursaries for BAME journalism students, and NUJ Extra, the union's hardship fund.

There are a range of fringe meetings and a gala evening on Saturday.

Liz Saville Roberts, Plaid Cymru MP for Dwyfor Meirionnydd and former journalist, will tell DM about the work of the union's cross-party Parliamentary Group, and Anthony Bellanger, general secretary of the International Federation of Journalists, will discuss the challenges faced by media workers across the globe.

You can follow the events and debates on Twitter at #DM18.

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