Last Thursday I attended a special event at the Curve Theatre in Leicester, where the union paid tribute to the contribution of NUJ member Stephen White at a gathering of his family and friends to formally present the NUJ Gold Badge Award. The NUJ’s Honours Committee had made the unprecedented decision earlier this year to make a posthumous award of the union’s Gold Badge, demonstrating the high esteem Stephen, who tragically died last year, was held by union friends and colleagues.
The election results for the NUJ NEC to run from 2012/13 are out and so am I. I came fifth (out of seven – the eighth candidate withdrew after ballot papers had been printed it seems) and as there are only four London seats I will finish my term of office shortly.
The NUJ ballot for strike action and action short of a strike at the BBC started this week. The ballot is in response to the BBC’s misnamed Delivering Quality First proposals which include axing thousands of jobs and programming cuts at the Corporation.