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Solidarity motions passed at London Central Branch tonight 8 November 2011

Posted by Donnacha DeLong in disputes, solidarity.
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Tonight, the London Central Branch of  the NUJ held a special solidarity meeting with speakers from Occupy the London Stock Exchange, in advance of tomorrow’s student demonstrations, and the NUT, UCU and PCS ahead of them and other unions taking strike action on 30 November. Two solidarity motions were passed, full text below.

Motion 1:

London Central Branch expresses its solidarity with the Occupy movement, with those demonstrating tomorrow (9 November), all those taking strike action on 30 November and with those balloting for action at the BBC. This branch notes the motion passed at the NEC last month that sought to remind “newspaper, radio and TV editors of their responsibility to report the November 30th day of strike action fairly.”  This branch agrees that Fox News-style coverage is not acceptable in Britain.

This branch calls on all of its members to ensure that their own work covers the strike and any associated demonstrations fairly and accurately.

Motion 2:

London Central Branch congratulates Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC) on the success of their first national conference on Saturday, 29 October. This Branch supports DPAC’s campaign for rights, not charity, for people with disabilities.

This Branch condemns attacks on disabled people in some parts of the UK media and calls for fair and accurate coverage of the issues faced by disabled people as the government cuts services and benefits.

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1. Andrew - 10 November 2011

As journalists, your job is one of objectivity. To cover the events without getting involved and taking sides. To express support for the Occupy movement is to betray your profession.

You are no different from the hopelessly biased Faux News, only you are coming from a different political persuasion.

2. SW9Red - 10 November 2011

Thank you NUJ,better late than never.
The coporate mass media are consumate liars.
Many of your members are employed by them.
Will we now see some direct action against the propaganda propagators ?
How about revoking membership from right wing members ?
A boycott of the mass media ?
Put some punch into the @OccupiedTimes ?

Close down the corporate mouthpiece of these neo liberal by doing all of the above.

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4. Donnacha DeLong - 10 November 2011

@Andrew – As trade unionists, we can take whatever positions we like, that’s got nothing to do with our professional activities. And, in case you haven’t noticed, impartiality and objectivity is not a tradition in UK print media. Are you really of the opinion that any national newspaper is impartial or objective? Seeing as you are obviously coming from a position that opposes the Occupations, I assume you read news from either the Mail, the Sun or the Express – all of whom are biased and right-wing.

@SW9Red – Our members, including those who work for corporate mass media, regularly take action. Don’t blame the workers for the sins of their employers. We are a union open to people of all political persuasions as long as they agree to adhere to the NUJ Code of Conduct: http://www.nuj.org.uk/innerPagenuj.html?docid=174 We do take action against members who have broken the code as individuals, but more often than not, we find that these abuses are either not the actions of journalists but editors or of people who aren’t our members. As for what we’re doing, we’re running a campaign to create new economic models for the media and take the control back from the corporate owners, join in if you’re interested: https://lists.riseup.net/www/info/reclaimthemedia

Finally, you might recognise my name, because I wrote for the second issue of @OccupiedTimes!

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