Give us a flash!

THE Trades Union Congress (TUC) has agreed a policy on the use of flash photography at conferences that should end the long-running dispute with delegates of the public service union Unison.

The statement, agreed by the TUC General Council reads:

"The TUC will take all reasonable steps to ensure that the access needs of disabled delegates to its conferences and other events are met. With regard to the use of flash photography the TUC has been advised by the British Elipepsy Association that the use of low level flashes will not  cause seizures.

"Where delegates inform the TUC that they have conditions that may be affected by the use of flash photography all reasonable practical steps will be taken (in seating delegates for example) to avoid possible discomfort and photographers will be required not to take photographs of such delegates at the rostrum if they make such a request. However, it is not our intention to prevent photographers from working at our events as the photographs help to publicise trade union causes and campaigns, particularly at our equality events."

The issue was raised with the Trades Union Congress by NUJ General Secretary Jeremy Dear, who sits on the General Council, after photographers reported difficulties last autumn.

Any photographer who is faced with an unreasonable request should contact the Freelance Office.

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