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NUJ Welsh executive council

The Welsh executive council (WEC) is a lay body that meets three or four times a year and co-ordinates the union's activities in Wales.

The executive has seats for union representatives from different branches and workplaces in Wales and the NUJ NEC representatives for Wales attend the WEC, as do a number of full-time officials of the union.

The executive deals with issues affecting the future of the media in Wales. Hard work by lay activists and full-time officials has seen the union in Wales take important steps forward in terms of recognition, representation, campaigns and training.

The WEC has been involved in the campaigns to win union recognition at South West Wales Media (Northcliffe papers) and Trinity Mirror in North Wales.

The NUJ has chapels at BBC Wales and ITV Wales and has helped BBC members in their actions over pensions and cuts.

The WEC is also campaigning on the future of the media in Wales and addressing the so-called democratic deficit. The future of the Welsh media - broadcasting and print - has become even more unpredictable and complex and it is now the WEC's highest priority.

The WEC also assists NUJ members in the PR, magazines and book sectors, and its photographers and freelances - and has consistently lobbied police forces in Wales on recognition of the national press card.

The executive supports local initiatives, such as the work done by members in the Swansea and district branch to develop a local news service co-operative in the Port Talbot area. This venture is part of the union's commitment to alternative ownership models and new ways of providing sustainable news services and sustainable employment for journalists.

Find out who represents you on the Wales executive council (members only).

NUJ submission to the Culture, Welsh Language and Communication Committee inquiry, News Journalism in Wales   May 2017

Pendragon is the WEC's newsletter sent to all members in Wales following WEC meetings:

Welsh Executive Council newsletter