Next Branch Meetings 21 November 2008Posted by steve1917 in events, NUJ.
Tags: London Central NUJ, National Union of Journalists, NUJ
The next two meetings of the London Central NUJ branch will take place on Tuesday 9th December 2008 and Tuesday 13 January 2009. The December meeting will take place at the ‘Ye Old Cheshire Cheese’ at 6.30pm before the branch Xmas social starts. The January meeting will start at 7.00pm and take place at the usual venue of the NUJ Headquarters, 308-320 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8DP – just fives minutes walk from King’s Cross Station.
One matter we will be discussing at the December meeting will be a request to donate £3000 towards the cost of the legal challenge against the shutting down of the Express pension scheme. This ‘cost saving’ measure on the part of management is clearly linked to the decision to cut 69 editorial jobs at the Daily and Sunday Express.
As we come to the end of the year, things are clearly not looking good across the whole industry, including the national titles. Apart from the job cuts at the Express, the union is also having to mount a response to proposed staff cuts at the Independent and the decision of Trinity Mirror’s management to impose a pay freeze with the 2009 annual pay review being cancelled and existing bonus arrangements suspended.
One thing is certain, more attacks will follow and many journalists will be wondering what the next few months will bring. Now, more than ever, a strong stance from the NUJ will be needed because only the union can mount a serious defence of those jobs and conditions now being threatened as newspaper managements seek to protect owners profits at our expense.
As part of this response, the union is mobilising for a Job Summit to be held in London on the 24th January 2009. See the advert in this coming issue of Bylines for full details or just scroll down on this site.