Gearing up for the onslaught

On Tuesday (19 January) the Trade Union Co-ordinating Group (TUCG) held a parliamentary reception to launch its campaign for the general election and beyond. The TUGC currently comprises 8 unions, Bakers, Fire Brigades, Probation Officers, Prison Officers, PCS, RMT,...

No happy new year for Mordechai

Mordechai Vanunu, an honorary member of the NUJ, who served 18 years in prison for revealing Israel’s secret nuclear programme, has been placed under house arrest pending criminal charges for allegedly breaching the terms of his 2004 release, which includes a ban on...

Motions to IFJ conference

The recent delegate conference elected the union’s delegates to the International Federation of Journalists Congress to be held on 24 – 27 May in Cadiz, Spain. As one of the elected delegates I took part in the ‘tele conference’ just before Christmas, to sort out the...

NEC 22 November 2009 – Southport

The first meeting after conference is mainly devoted to ‘committee filling and getting dates for meetings over the next year. I was appointed onto the Policy committee (my choice as it happens) which next meets on 4 February. This is my second ‘serving’ on Policy as I...

Unite/BA and that injunction

My first reaction to the decision of the high court in granting an injunction against Unite over their BA Ballot was one of anger and frustration, and a judgement that will have implications or us all. As Professor Gregor Gall from the University of Hertfordshire said...