BRISTOL BRANCH of the National Union of Journalists is starting a campaign to press for better pay and conditions for freelances working for all titles produced by Northcliffe in the city. We invite all freelance writers and photographers who do you work for the Western Daily Press, Evening Post, Bristol Observer or any other Northcliffe title to join in.
As you may know, the company plans to make £25 million worth of cuts over the next two years, despite having made £100 million profit last year. It has already sacked nine journalists on the weekly Bristol Observer and transferred their work to Evening Post staff.
It has also failed to replace three journalists on the Post who have left recently, and two more have been made redundant.
We fear that freelances, too, will be adversely affected by these cuts and believe that now is the right time to come together to ensure we are treated fairly by the company. We invite you to a meeting at 7pm on Tuesday 22 November at Café Halo, 144 Gloucester Road, Bristol, to meet fellow freelances, talk about these issues, and hear from the NUJ's National Freelance Organiser, John Toner, about how the union can help. Whether you want to talk about pay, copyright, hours, of anything else, we're here to listen to your concerns and work out what we can do about it.
The meeting is open to members and non-members - so do come along, and bring some colleagues with you.