Branch motion on government “support” for freelances

The branch passed the following motion at our meeting tonight (29 September).

Last Friday, 25 September 2020, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced further financial assistance for the employed due to the continuing and escalating Coronavirus pandemic.

The UK government will pay staff members covered by the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme a further 60 percent of average monthly earnings for up to the next six months.

The self employed will only receive 20 percent of average monthly earnings.

The NUJ LIBNM branch condemns this grossly unfair decision that for a third time sees the self employed receiving less support than their fellow staff workers.

This latest financial package will see those earning approximately £2000 or less every month receive less support than if they were on a basic Universal Credit benefit. This will impact more than five million people and will force many further into poverty and to seek benefits, thus leading the country into further the economic crash.

LIBNM calls on the NUJ to oppose this latest government finical package in the strongest possible terms and work towards demanding a financial package that will keep the self employed and the country working.

Branch moves online

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.

And here’s a video of the section of the meeting with guests from PressPad on Facebook Video.

Draft motion 6: I’m a Photographer Not a Terrorist

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.
Proposer: Jess Hurd
Seconder: Jason N. Parkinson

Branch DM motions

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 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.