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From The Socialist newspaper, 30 March 2006
NUJ conference: Strong support for minimum wage demand
THE NATIONAL Union of Journalists held its annual delegates' meeting
(ADM) in Liverpool from 23-26 March. The issue of job cuts within the
media industry, as well as low pay were on everybody's minds.
Socialist Party members in the union have for a long time supported
and actively campaigned for the union to launch an official minimum wage
demand. Manchester and London Freelance branches, as well as the
Freelance industrial council were supporting a £26,000 minimum wage
demand after months of lobbying by Socialist Party members.
Unfortunately, the national union leadership decided to oppose the
motion at the ADM. However, they badly miscalculated the mood in the
workplaces. Working journalists are fed up with earning poverty wages,
while bosses have up to 30% profit margins.
So when national executive (NEC) speakers rose to oppose the demand,
they only earned abuse from the conference floor. The minimum wage
demand got a massive majority vote. Socialist Party member Molly Cooper
spoke for the minority position on the NEC and Christian Bunke seconded
"Journalism matters" will be the title of a campaign
against job cuts and for high quality journalism. It will involve local
and national rallies, lobbies of politicians and publicity stunts.
Socialist Party members support the campaign as a vital part in building
the struggle against the job losses.
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In The Socialist 30 March 2006:
Socialist Party NHS campaign
Stop the NHS jobs massacre
New Labour's NHS lies
Call for NHS demo gets support
Huddersfield trust votes for cuts - but campaign gets stronger
Save jobs and beds at the Royal Free
Britain - Over one million strike for pension rights...
'Time for a new working-class party'
International socialist news and analysis
France - millions march for job security
USA: Millions march for immigrant workers' rights
Ukraine's 'orange revolution' goes pear-shaped
Will ETA's strategy lead to Basque national rights?
Socialist Party review
Gordon's global gurus
Socialist Party campaigns
Why socialists oppose state funding of political parties
Local council services are still worth fighting for
Council elections: Great response in Lewisham
Stoke UNISON prepares for action against cuts
Strong support for minimum wage demand
Lambeth College students launch campaign against cuts
Save chemistry - sack the vice-chancellor!
The Socialist 30 March 2006 |
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