NUJ Black members applaud BBC South Asian strikers
10 March 2009
The NUJ Black members conference applauded the stand taken by colleagues at the BBC World Service's South Asian section, who took 24 hours strike action against outsourcing on Thursday 26 February.
The journalists picketing their iconic Bush House headquarters in London through the night after walking out on the stroke of midnight for a 24 hour strike over the outsourcing of their jobs to India, Pakistan and Nepal.
More than 40 Black journalists attended this year's Black Members Conference entitled "New Media, Diverse Platforms". The conference heard from award-winning video journalist David Dunkley Gyimah and Donnacha DeLong, NUJ national executive council member representing new media, on the opportunities and perils of convergence journalism.
Following a lively debate, the Black members council (BMC) launched its new asylum seeker welcome pack for journalists seeking refuge in the UK. Last year's NUJ annual conference agreed to create an associate membership for asylum seekers who were paid journalists in their home countries.
BMC agreed to develop a welcome pack containing information on the NUJ and how to involved in local branch activities. The pack was formally launched by asylum seeker Luka Phiri, well known to trade unionists involved in the TUC's "Let Them Work" campaign which is also supported by the Refugee Council.
In the afternoon business sectino of the conference, attendees passed seven motions on subjects ranging from the percarious position of the Black press in the UK to the 10th Anniversary of the Lawrence inquiry.