Tuesday, January 7

Birmingham & Coventry NUJ January 2014 Branch Meeting

Tuesday 21st January 2014
Carrs Lane Church Centre
Carrs Lane
B4 7SX
6:00 pm for 6:30 start

Guest speaker: Diana Peasy
Diana has previously served on the NUJ's National Executive Committee for five years, firstly representing Broadcasting and then the Midlands region. And will again represent the Midlands region from April 2014 to March 2016

She has been a member of the Broadcasting Industrial council for the past decade and has spoken in the House of Commons lobby following the announcement on job cuts at Carlton (formerly Central) Television in Nottingham. She supported the campaign to oppose job losses and the closure of the studios in the city. Diana helped with collecting signatures for a huge petition which was presented to 10 Downing Street.

MoC at the BBC in Nottingham for 17 years during which time she was involved in national talks on multi-skill working, pay and the regrading of posts. Diana also represented several members at disciplinary hearings.

Diana is Chair of the Nottingham NUJ branch. She knows the Midlands well, having lived and worked in Leicester, Nottingham and Birmingham. She has worked in newspapers, commercial radio and for the BBC in local radio and regional television. As Chair, she’s given considerable support to one of her freelance photographers who has appeared in court on a charge of obstruction for taking pictures of an armed police marksman.


Elected to NUJ Industrial Councils & NEC for April 2014 to March 2016

Eleanor Lisney:    Midlands seat, on the New Media Industrial Council.
Stalingrad O'Neill: Freelance Industrial Council, East/West Midlands seat.
Ozen Sengülen :  Midlands/East Anglia seat, on the Photographers’ Council.
Alan Taman:  Public Relations and Communication Industrial Council, Midlands seat.
John O:   National Executive Council - (Job share with Diana Peasy )


Annual General Meeting for Birmingham & Coventry Branch

Will take place in Coventry in February, venue and date to follow. All branch posts will be elected at this meeting, they are: Chair, Vice Chair, Equality, Minutes, Welfare,Communications, Treasurer/Secretary; there is a Bursary of £600 for the latter two posts.


Early Day Motion 909: Threats To Anabel Hernández
That this House salutes the bravery of Mexican journalist Anabel Hernández whose recently published book on Narco Wars has highlighted issues of security and corruption in Mexico; is appalled that in common with many investigative journalists she faces constant death threats; notes that on 19 December 2013 her home was invaded by an armed gang in an attempt to find her and threaten her life; supports campaigns to secure the freedom and security of journalists to go about their work; and calls on the authorities in Mexico to ensure the safety and security of Anabel Hernández and the many serious investigative journalists who are also constantly threatened.

Sponsors: Corbyn, Jeremy / McDonnell, John / Sheridan, Jim / Hopkins, Kelvin / Durkan, Mark / Llwyd, Elfyn   -   <http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2013-14/909> House of commons: 06.01.2014


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