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Restructuring Consultation enters second stage 30 June 2008

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(item nicked from NUJ website at http://www.nuj.org.uk)

Plans to restructure the NUJ to meet the needs of the 21st century could include changes to the sectors, a first report has proposed.

Structuring the Future: Building our Democratic Strength has been produced by the Union’s Development Committee in response to motions passed at the centenary annual delegate meeting in Birmingham in April 2007.

Suggestions from many of the NUJ’s many councils and committees, branches and chapels as well as individual members went into this first report.

NUJ Development Committee member, Adam Christie, who is leading a small working party carrying out the work, said: “We had some very radical, but positive, suggestions about how the Union could further evolve to meet the very different and challenging conditions of the 21st century.”

“Now, we’re asking for those councils, committees, branches, chapels and individual members to look at all the suggestions that we received so we can start drafting motions for ADM 2009.

“We deliberately did not attribute any of the suggestions so that no one would feel embarrassed about putting forward ideas which might appear radical or controversial,” he said. “We’re going to stay with this approach.”

The closing date is Friday 5 September.

After that, the comments will be reviewed and first drafts of motions will be written. These, in turn, will again go out for consultation over the winter.

“Development Committee members are keen that as many people as possible think about these changes, so those on the working party are available to go to branch and chapel meetings to discuss the ideas with individual union members,” added Adam Christie.

Adam said: “Nothing has yet been decided and everything is up for grabs. We hope that in responding – either by e-mail, by post or each section of the online version – members will simply say what they are for and against, and why.

“If anyone has further ideas, then we welcome these too, but we hope that suggestions that have already been made aren’t repeated.

“When these are collated, each will be costed or assessed for practicalities, just as all ADM motions are done and made available later in the year,’ he said, ‘And all the suggestions in this first report have come from members.”

Comments and thoughts about the ideas should be submitted to structure@nuj.org.uk or in writing to the Head Office.

Read the first report by going to the NUJ main website and following the link

A large print version is also available email debbies@nuj.org.uk.

DGS election: Have you voted yet? 30 June 2008

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The time period for the casting of ballots for the NUJ Deputy General Secretary election is almost up. The ballot closes at noon on the 4th July. So if you have not yet voted then you need to do so NOW!!!!! Do not delay – get your vote in the post today.

For further information about the candidates scroll down this site to find details of candidates websites or to watch videos of the recent London hustings meeting.

Thomson Reuters job losses 5 June 2008

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As a result of its recent merger, Thomson Reuters is planning on axing 140 journalists jobs with over half being in London. Management have so far refused to enter into any meaningful dialogue with staff and the unions representing them.

An Early Day Motion has been tabled encouraging management to start engaging appropriately with staff.

Encourage your MP to sign EDM 1640 by writing to them at http://www.writetothem.com.

Love Music Hate Racism Carnival hits the streets! 5 June 2008

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LMHR and Unite Against Fascism are calling a national demonstration and carnival parade against fascism and racism that will celebrate the diversity of our society and make it clear that racism and fascist organisations like the BNP will not be tolerated. Join in the march and parade on Saturday 21st June.

Assemble at 12 noon, Tooley Street, London SE1 (behind Greater London Assembly building, near Tower Bridge – streetmap).

For more information go to www.lovemusichateracism.com/

NUJ Professional Training Courses July 2008 5 June 2008

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There are still places left on courses running in July which are:

  • Freedom of Information Act 1 July the cost for members is £80 and non-members £120
  • QuarkXpress Introduction 5-6 July the cost for members is £265 and for non-members £465
  • Podcasting for Print Journalists Introduction 5-6 July the cost for members is £255 and for non-members £465
  • Getting Started as a Freelance 11 July the cost for members is £75 and for non-members £105
  • Adobe Indesign CS 15-16 July the cost for members is £265 and for non-members £465
  • Sub Editing Introduction 23-24 July the cost for members is £265 and for non-members £465

All take place at the NUJ head office in London. To book a place or to find out more information, please visit the NUJ Training website, contact training@nuj.org.uk or telephone 020 7843 3717.