NUJ at TUC Congress 2019
11 September 2019
The NUJ has been representing members at TUC Congress, taking place since Sunday in Brighton.
The NUJ delegation, compromised of the general secretary Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ president Sian Jones, and NEC members Steve Bird, Chris Frost and Pennie Quinton.
Delegates unanimously passed an NUJ motion demanding a reversal to the policy of making the public service broadcaster fund the cost of free licences for the over-75s, which has led to the introduction of means-testing from April 2020, only available to individuals in receipt of pension credit.
The NUJ’s motion, composited with one from Prospect and seconded by NUJ delegate Steve Bird (pictured left), also called for the TUC to campaign for a fair and sustainable future funding model for the BBC, one that is free of political interference and protected from the whims of any government of the day.
Pennie Quinton (pictured below) intervened on behalf of the NUJ in a debate on a motion brought by the Musicians Union, calling for the TUC to ensure that its campaigns on improved terms and conditions for those in "false" self-employment also reflect the fact that many freelances in the creative industries want to maintain their self-employed status whilst still needing union representation.
Chris Frost moved the NUJ’s second motion reinforcing the importance of the ILO in the fight for social justice around the world. In particular he spoke about the importance of the ILO picking up the serious issues of health and safety in the workplace and unpaid internships and work experience in the media.
Pictures by Pennie Quinton and Steve Bird