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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 April 2008
Journalists met for their union's Annual Delegate Meeting (ADM) as the first national newspaper strike in decades took place in Preston and London. This was for improved pay at the Express. Owner Dirty Desmond apparently voiced hopes it would rain on the pickets!
Christian Bunke, Manchester NUJ
Unlike scrooge Des, the weather smiled on NUJ members who strike again on 11 April.
Reports to the conference from Wales showed success in developing understanding about the union amongst journalists while rebuilding union structures based on lay activists. Local disputes and the Express strikes show the potential and need to continue this across the NUJ.
In contrast, the leadership proposed several cost-cutting motions, including electronic voting and fewer ADM delegates.
Heavily criticised and generally defeated, such proposals left delegates with the impression that this leadership lacks any positive strategy.
As many argued, including Socialist Party members, the deputy general secretary contest needs to begin a debate in the ranks, via election hustings, about the way forward for the NUJ.
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In The Socialist 9 April 2008:
Perks for MPs - Bonuses for the bosses - Cutbacks for us!
Socialist Party election campaign
London elections: working class alternative needed
Socialist Party: a clear difference from 'free market' policies
Exposing daylight robbery in Lincoln!
Socialist Party workplace news
NUT strike: No more pay cuts!
Defend the 4: Defend democracy in Unison
Unison health conference: Reject the pay sell-out!
Why should workers pay for the crisis?
Tube strike called off after winning concessions
Museum strike in Wales
News in brief
Struggle still essential
Get active and fight back!
Post Office closures
Winchester: 'We need our post office'
International socialist news and analysis
Zimbabwe: Mugabe plans to steal election
Olympic Games: Chinese regime fans the flames of protest
Ireland: "The most cunning and devious of them all" finally goes
Israel - Palestinian Land Day demonstration
The Socialist 9 April 2008 |
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