Tuesday, April 30

NUJ May Branch Meeting

Tuesday 14th May
Carrs Lane Church Centre
Carrs Lane
B4 7SX

6:00 pm for 6:30 start

Any apologies to branch chair:  alan.weaver1@ntlworld.com


1) Introduction by chair/those attending

2) Minutes of April  meeting

3) Secretary/Treasurers reports

4) Branch reports

5) Up date on disputes

6) Any other business

Monday, April 29

Voices In Danger: Journalism In The Line Of Fire
Journalists risk their lives every day and many are jailed, or even killed, for revealing what others want hidden. Today, we launch a campaign to give them their voices back.

Voices in Danger –  will give prominence to the plight of journalists being harassed, attacked or pressurised. In collaboration with Reporters Without Borders UK and other NGOs, we will feature regular case studies, interviewing the subjects where possible, and featuring some of their most powerful work.

We want to use the Independent’s global reach and online audience of millions to put these often forgotten reporters on a major media platform.

We do this in support of our fellow journalists, and in support of World Press Freedom this Friday, 3 May.
Read more: Indpendent, <>  29/04/13

Monday, April 22

Birmingham and Solihull Workers Memorial Day

Remember the Dead- Fight for the Living

Birmingham- Sunday 28th April at 12.30pm
Grounds of St Philips Cathedral,
Colmore Row,Birmingham, B3 2QB
Speakers Include:
The Revd Peter Sellick
Kathy Gaffney, West Midlands Hazards Trust
Neil Vernon, UCATT

Solihull - Sunday 28th April at 12.30pm
Brueton Gardens (opp Barley Mow Pub)
Speakers Include:
Lord Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Irene Chamberlain
Yvonne Washbourne, West Midlands Hazards Trust

Each year, more than two million women and men die as a result of work-related accidents and diseases
Workers suffer approximately 270 million accidents each year, and fall victim to some 160 million incidents of - related illnesses

Hazardous substances kill 440,000 workers annually – asbestos claims 100,000 lives

One worker dies every 15 seconds worldwide. 6,000 workers die every day.

Every year more people are killed at work than in wars.

Most don't die of mystery ailments, or in tragic "accidents". They die because an employer decided their safety just wasn't that important a priority

Workers' Memorial Day is our chance to remember them and demand an end to this suffering!

An opportunity to highlight the preventable nature of most workplace accidents and ill health and to promote campaigns and union organisation in the fight for improvements in workplace safety.

Organisations are encouraged to bring wreaths to lay at the memorials. For details of how to order yours email hazardsinfo@wmhtco.uk

Birmingham Trades Union Council and the West Midlands Hazards Trust

Friday, April 19

Online Petition: Drop the Charges Against Iraqi Oil Union Leader!

Despite all the talk about fostering democracy and human rights in Iraq, workers there continue to be denied the right to freely organize trade unions and negotiate over the terms of their labor - just as they were under Saddam Hussein. 

In the last two years, repression against unions has escalated.  A wave of peaceful strikes has recently swept Iraq as workers seek to redress grievances and assert their rights.  The response of the Al Maliki government has been to crack down on discontent with disciplinary action against union activists, and even criminal complaints against union leaders.

Recently the Ministry of Oil lodged a criminal complaint against Hassan Juma'a Awad, President of the Iraq Federation of Oil Unions, claiming he was responsible for strikes in the oil industry. 

If convicted, he could face stiff fines and five years in prison. He has been ordered to appear in court on April 7th to respond to charges leveled against him.

Persecution of union leaders for exercising rights promised by Iraq's constitution and protected under international treaty must not be allowed to stand unchallenged.

Please sign the Online petition

and ask others to sign too.

Tuesday, April 9

Early Day Motion 1261: ITV News Broadcasting In The North West
That this House calls on Ofcom to insist that ITV continues to maintain the same level of local news broadcasting in the North West as previously required as part of the renewal of its licence conditions; and further calls on ITV to increase resources for local news and current affairs programmes in the North West and to continue its commitment to programme-commissioning in the North West.

Watts, Dave
Ellman, Louise
Hilling, Julie
Miller, Andrew
Rotheram, Steve
Twigg, Derek

House of Commons: 10/04/2013

Wednesday, April 3

Thursday 18th April 19 -22.00 at London Innovation Warehouse, 1 East Poultry Avenue, 1st Floor/1, Hampshire Terrace, Portsmouth, EC1A 9PT London, United Kingdom

The video games industry is mushrooming. But, as a journalist, can you still make money by writing about it? So many big-name magazines and Web sites have recently shuttered their doors and there are so many people wanting in and willing to work for free that it can sometimes seem impossible. Come and join some of the leading narrative writers, editors and journalists in the business to hear their opinions at this NUJ-sponsored event.

This is a ticketed event - £5 entry, NUJ members free.


video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MttycoTu1ek

For more info, tickets and speakers...