Tuesday, February 18

People's Assembly Public Meeting 6th March 7pm Coventry

The People's Assembly Public Meeting Thursday 6th March 7 pm
 Methodist Central Hall
Coventry City Centre CV1 2HA
Main Speaker : Owen Jones (Author of Chavs :the demonisation of the Working Class')
Other speakers include Disabled People Against Cuts, Defend George Elliot Hospital Campaign, sacked union activists, Anti Bedroom Tax and more.

Atos Demonstrations in Birmingham and Coventry

Demonstration at Coventry Assessment Centre, Cofa Court, St Patricks Rd, Coventry CV1 2HJ ( from 10am) Wednesday 19th February


Birmingham Assessment Centre, Five Ways House, Islington Row Middleway, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 1SL
from 8am 

Friday, February 14

Early Day Motion 1088: Newsquest Newspapers And Local Journalism
That this House deeply regrets that Newsquest Media Group intends to transfer the design and sub-editing for the Northern Echo (Darlington), Telegraph and Argus (Bradford) and the Press (York) to Newport, Wales; notes that the US-based owner Gannett paid £922 million for Newsquest in 1999, taking on the company's debt, leading to cutbacks and lack of investment in the local newspaper titles; further notes that the current plans represent de-skilling of the workforce and entail serious risks in the reduction of quality due to the loss of local knowledge and the vital connection with the local community; resolves to support members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) taking action to defend local journalism; and calls on the Government to convene urgent discussions with the NUJ and publishers to discuss how to encourage investment, decent pay and conditions essential for a thriving local press and also to develop an effective strategy for protecting local jobs and quality journalism.

Sponsors: McDonnell, John / Mitchell, Austin / Corbyn, Jeremy / Skinner, Dennis / Russell, Bob    -   House of Commons: 12.02.2014

Monday, February 3

Annual General Meeting Birmingham and Coventry NUJ

Tuesday 11th February 2014
Kahawa Cafe
163 New Union Street
6:00 pm for 6:30 start

Election of Branch Officers for 2014/2015
All branch posts become vacant at the AGM and all members can stand to serve the branch for 2014/2015.

Current posts are Chair, Vice chair, Secretary/Treasurer (combined post) , Equalities, Communications, Minutes Secretary, Recruitment, Welfare.

Posts of Secretary/Treasurer and Communications, each carry a bursary of £600.

Nominees will need a seconder and nominations can be made at anytime before the February meeting, send nominations to Branch Secretary Stalingrad O'Neill  <stalingrad1@yahoo.com>.

If you have any news/stories for branch newsletter,
Email <birminghamcoventry@nuj.org.uk>


HOPE not hate

Invited speaker: NUJ member  Owen Jones, West Midlands Community Organiser for HOPE not hate. To give an update on the campaigns they are currently running in the lead into the European Parliament elections scheduled to be held on Thursday 22 May 2014

Owen, manages and oversee twelve community engagement projects across the West Midlands, working on extremely disenfranchised social housing estates to try and make their communities a nicer, safer and more welcoming place to live.