NUJ celebrates the Life Membership of Kevin Palmer
Nottigham branch pay tribute to Kevin - © Steve Bond
Chris Morley (left) with Kevin as Di Peasey makes the presentation - © Steve Bond
11 July 2018
Members of the the Derby and Burton branch have celebrated the Life Membership of Kevin Palmer to the NUJ, following 46 active years in the union.
His colleagues met at the Malt Shovel in Spondon, Derby, to pay him tribute and raise a glass to the man described as the linchpin of the union in the east Midlands. He worked for a range of regional newspapers including the Derby Evening Telegraph and Birmingham Daily News. He now freelances, including running Kevin Palmer Media Services.
Midlands NEC member Di Peasey presented his certificate and Chris Morley, Northern & Midlands senior organiser: "I have known Kevin for decades and know just how much the NUJ means to him and especially how important it is to have his union milestone recognised for what it is: a truly inspiring record of dedication, integrity and solidarity to his fellow journalists.
“Kevin has been a linchpin of the union in the east Midlands for many years but I first knew of him when he worked in Birmingham for the mould-breaking Birmingham Daily News – a local newspaper delivered four days a week before 8am each day to 200,000 city households.
“Kevin was reputedly the youngest person in the union to hold both the title of clerk to a daily chapel and branch secretary and also branch chair. And he earned his union spurs early being actively involved in the provincial newspapers strike in 1978-9. While at the Daily News from 1988 to 1993, Kevin helped win the biggest pay rise known on the paper and then went on to become FoC.
“Latterly, Kevin has maintained his union responsibility which he takes very seriously. As branch chair he has kept the Derby and Burton membership together in the most difficult of times – something for which he deserves great credit.”