For obvious reasons – Coronavirus in case you’ve been living under a rock for a few weeks – having a branch meeting in the physical world was not possible. However, we are the branch of broadcasters and people who move online, so the solution was obvious.
The first online branch meeting took place on Tuesday, 31 March 2020 with guests from PressPad talking about their project.
The other advantage of online meetings is that they’re easy to record. The audio is available now.
DM notes the important campaigning by the I’m a Photographer Not a Terrorist campaign (#phnat) highlighting press freedom issues for photographers and video journalists both in the UK and internationally. The group is voluntarily run by press photographers and also highlights the restrictions on photography in the public realm and increasing issues with private security policing public accessible space which is privately owned.
DM supports this campaign and donates £200.00 to the running of the website to continue this valuable resource.
The NUJ delegate meeting 2020 will take place from 25 – 26 April 2020.
LIBNM branch can submit motions on issues members want to raise, from changing the rules to make the union more efficient to setting policy and planning campaigns.
Any member can propose a motion to the next branch meeting where it will potentially be amended to seek to ensure it will be ruled in order and then the meeting will vote on whether or not to submit the motion.
If you’ve got an idea for a motion, please send the details to firstname.lastname@example.org before the meeting so that it can be posted here on the blog so other members can see them. Donnacha is a member of the union’s Standing Orders Committee and can help you formulate the motion.
The first few motions have already been posted below on the blog.
DM recognises that the requirement to name a proposer and seconder is more honoured in the breach than in the observance. It ceased to be a reason to reject applicants many years ago and can be confusing to applicants who may know no other members of the NUJ.
DM instructs the NEC to amend the rules to remove this condition from applications and to replace it on applications forms with an optional question about NUJ members who may have recruited them or encouraged them to join.