NUJ London Magazine Branch Annual General Meeting
Monday 21 October, 6.30pm, at Headland House, 308-312 Gray's Inn Road, WC1X 3DP
State of the union address from union president Barry McCall, followed by elections to the branch committee, plus elections for the magazine sector's representative on the union's NEC.
The branch committee comprises: secretary, chair, deputy chair, treasurer, membership officer, communications officer, welfare officer, equality officer and health & safety officer.
If time permits the branch will nominate members for positions on the union's Ethics Council, the Magazine & Book Industrial Council and various other union bodies*. However, some of these elections could be carried out at November's meeting since the deadline for these positions is 25 November.
Please note six motions are being tabled for inclusion in the agenda for the union's Delegate Meeting in April: War on austerity; General strike; Orgreave campaign; Ukip and immigration; Boycott Israel; and MENA Solidarity Network;
The motions can be found below.
Sandwiches and light refreshments provided. Baby sitting and travel expenses covered
*Appeals Tribunal; Disabled Members Council; Equality Council; EFJ Steering Committee; Health & Safety Committee; Journalist Advisory Board; NUJ Extra; 60+ Council/Pensioners' Parliament; Professional Training Committee; Standing Orders Committee; TUC Delegation; Women's TUC Delegation
Motions for Delegates Meeting:
Motion 1: Supporting members
This DM notes:
That many of our members who handle documents, photographs, film, or other material considered sensitive or illegal by the state, often find themselves unsupported when they are detained or interrogated by agents of the state.
We instruct the NEC to the produce a roust system (eg alaminated card) with the phone numbers of legal staff or similar who can help in that eventuality.”
Motion 2: War on austerity
This DM welcomes a motion carried by the TUC at its conference last September calling for mass joint strikes and peaceful civil disobedience across the country to “wage war on the politics of austerity”.
This DM notes :
* 13 million living in poverty, up by a million since the British government coalition came to power.
* 1.8 million families on housing waiting lists.
* half a million people now reliant on food banks.
* one million workers languishing on zero hour contracts.
* 2.5 million unemployed and 6.8 million more looking for more work.
This DM congratulates the TUC Congress for supporting unions taking co-ordinating action, including strikes, as the most effective way to break the cycle of pay restraint and cuts in jobs and services.
This DM agrees that an anti-austerity campaign should include mass industrial action, including a general strike, to oppose the cuts and the wrecking of the welfare state as well as a nationwide march against poverty in 2014.
This DM believes instead of proposing spending millions on war on Syria the money should be spent on waging war on food banks, putting people back to work, improving education and providing dignity for our elderly, not debt and despair.
This DM instructs the NEC to:
1. Campaign among the membership to support co-ordinated strikes with other unions against austerity cuts, pay and job losses in the media.
2. Campaign within the TUC for unions to name the day for co-ordinated strikes as soon as possible.
Motion 3: Orgreave
This DM welcomes the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign statement of aims in seeking truth and justice for the miners who were victimised and falsely arrested by the police from many different forces during the picketing of the Orgreave Coking Plant in South Yorkshire in June 1984.
This DM notes that 95 miners were arrested and charged with riot, an offence which carried the potential sentence of life imprisonment. The subsequent trials collapsed because of lack of evidence. No police force or officer has ever been disciplined or charged with perverting the course of justice, falsifying evidence and using violence against miners pursuing legitimate industrial action against the loss of jobs and the mining industry and the threatened collapse of their communities built around a single industry.
This DM instructs the NEC to support the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign and its launch statement: “The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign - seeking truth and justice for all miners victimised by the police at The Orgreave Coking Plant, South Yorkshire, June 1984. Orgreave is part of the pattern of cover ups and lies by the police from many different forces, which are now being exposed. We call for a full public inquiry to take place as soon as possible into the policing and subsequent statements recorded by the police at the time .We want everyone who seeks the truth and wants justice to support us in our campaign."
This DM further instructs the NEC to make donation(s) of money and resources to the OTJC, lobby members of parliament and write letters calling an inquiry into the policing of the miners’ strike.
Motion 4: Ukip and immigration
This DM notes:
he inroads that Ukip has made into mainstream politics, mainly on the back of attacks on immigration.
The ConDem coalition’s knee-jerk response, with its further tightening of controls on immigration, further limits on immigrants’ access to social benefits and racist ‘Go Home’ propaganda.
The Labour Party’s ‘apologies’ for not being tough enough on immigration during its period in government.
This DM believes:
he attacks on immigration and tightening of policies toward immigrants is set to increase in the run-up to the European elections in May 2014, and the general election in 2015.
That these attacks will employ and reinforce a set of myths about immigration and immigrants.
That such attacks will boost racist and fascist organisations such as the BNP and the EDL.
This DM resolves:
o instruct the NEC to use information provided by the Refugee Council and the compile a myth-busting pack, using information provided by the Refugee Council, the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants and other similar bodies to compile a myth-busting pack.
To put this pack on a prominent place on the website, and make it easily downloadable.
To notify every member of the existence of the pack, and its importance given the prevailing anti-immigrant atmosphere.
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Branch Motion for AGM:
This Branch notes:
As discussed in previous Branch Meetings over the last few months, our branches' "Standing Orders" are overly complex and in parts incoherant to all but the initiated in legalise, parts of it are out of date reguardinhg motions we have agreed and passed within the last 2 years.
This Branch resolves:
To commit to reviewing our "Standing Orders" over the next period, and calling a "special Branch meeting" to formally alter and renew them. This should be done before our next AGM.
Proposed: Adam Di Chiara
Affiliation to Woodcraft Folk
This Branch notes:
• That since 1925 the Woodcraft Folk has always been a children and young people's movement committed to equality, peace, social justice, defence of the environment and the empowerment of young people. • That the Woodcraft Folk have come out in large numbers on the TUC anti austerity marches this year and are campaigning in their local areas against cuts to the Health Service. • That the Woodcraft Folk have always stood up against wars and are now also supporting young people protesting against tuition fees.
• That the Woodcraft Folk is the only progressive youth movement in Britain and is the natural ally of Trade Unions. This Branch resolves:
• This branch sends a message of support to the Woodcraft Folk and agrees to affiliate to the Woodcraft Folk at either the regional level of £100.
Or to affiliate at the Branch level of £25, and making a seperate donaotion of £25 to the Hackney District Woodcraft folk, an area where many of our members and families live.
Prop: Adam Di Chiara