Motions from LFB to ADM 2000
ADM - "Annual Delegate Meeting"
- is the body which decides Union policy and priorities. It will
next take place in Ennis, in the Republic of Ireland, in the Spring.
These are the motions put forward to ADM by the Branch, as
amended at the meeting on 15 November 1999, and the nominations
to various Union positions made at the same meeting.
- Candidates for the National Executive Committee (NEC),
to be elected by postal vote. The numbers in parentheses are the total places to be elected.
- London seats (6): Ros Bayley; Marc Wadsworth; Molly Cooper; Chris Wheal; William Whyte.
- SE England seat (1): Paul Iredale
- Freelance seat (1): Kevin Cooper; Steve Wilkinson; Miles Barter (SW & MB have since announced their intention to stand as a jobshare)
- Black Members' Council seat (1): William Whyte; Alex Pascal; Beulah Ainley.
- Freelance Industrial Council (FIC), to be elected by postal vote: Phil Sutcliffe; Mike Holderness; Hillary McAskill; Jenny Vaughan; Mike Cross; Beulah Ainley.
- Equality Council (7): Anita Halpern; Ju Gosling; Beulah Ainley; Anne Coltart.
- Disabled Members' Council (7): Ju Gosling; Kit Wells.
- Appeals Tribunal (9): Simon Pirani; John Spencer; Steve Wilkinson; Emma Wood.
- Journalist Editorial Advisory Board (7): Steve Wilkinson; Emma Wood.
- ADM Standing Orders Committee (5): Pauline Norris; Pat Healy; Rosaline Kelly.
- TUC Delegation (3): Kevin Cooper; Mark Turnbull; Mark Wadsworth; Anita Halpin; Bob Norris.
- Women's TUC Delegation (4-ish): Molly Cooper; Ju Gosling; Jackie Page.
- International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Congress delegates: Mike Holderness; Ian Richards; Jim Boumela.
- European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) Steering Committee: Marc Wadsworth; Ian Richards; Mark Turnbull.
- Fairness at work and freelances
- Independent financial advice
- The US Blockade of Cuba
- Freedom to report
- Mumia Abu-Jamal
- Magazine & book organiser
- Rail safety & privatisation
- Public service broadcasting
- 1% rule
- Media Ownership and Technological Convergence
- Copyright & Authors' Rights
This ADM recognises that
- fair rates and conditions for freelances benefit both staff and freelances
as low rates give publishers and broadcasters an incentive to cut jobs and
to use regular freelances as a substitute without offering proper
- the Fairness at Work legislation should increase the opportunities for
both staff and freelances to negotiate pay and conditions agreements, and to
restrict the use of freelances as a substitute for employment of staff
- staff/freelance co-operation is crucial, whether pay and conditions
agreements are negotiated for staff and freelances separately or together
This ADM notes that the key elements of freelance conditions should be:
- a minimum freelance day rate at least 1.66 of a notional "staff day rate" based on the salary divided by the number of days worked, to counterbalance
the lack of security and extra costs born by freelances;
- a minimum day rate for freelance photographers of 2.00 the notional "staff day rate" on the above basis;
- acceptance of freelances' right to retain copyright and be paid for additional uses of their material such as websites and syndication; and
- payment 30 days after delivery, not after publication.
This ADM further notes that:
- the freelance office now has an e-mail database database capable of listing all NUJ freelances and the places where they work; and that
- freelance branches and freelance industrial council (FIC) are sponsoring
networks of freelances working for different publishers and broadcasters.
This ADM therefore instructs the national executive committee (NEC) to
- remind staff and freelances of the importance of having freelance
representation on their chapel committees where possible
- encourage chapels and freelances (whether in branches and/or networks
and/or individually, and in consultation with the FIC) to consult and work
together on recognition campaigns and pay and conditions negotiations
- ensure that the ratification and signing of combined and separate staff
and freelance agreements is co-ordinated
- ensure that the decision to recommend (or not) ratification of agreements to the
NEC is made by the appropriate industrial councils, always including FIC
where there is either a separate freelance agreement or a combined staff and
freelance agreement to be signed.
This ADM believes that many Union members would benefit from access to
independent financial advice on matters such as pensions and insurance. It
therefore urges the NEC to look into the possibility of providing such a
service for the membership and, if feasible organising it as soon as
possible and in any case, reporting back to ADM 2001 on its findings.
ADM applauds the Foreign Secretary Robin Cook for making clear the Labour
Government's opposition to the US policy of trying to blockade Cuba in his
speech at the Labour Party conference in Brighton in 1999.
ADM agrees with Mr Cook's opinion that human rights will not improve in Cuba
unless the blockade policy ends. Indeed, ADM takes the view, in agreement
with the American organisation Human Rights Watch in its latest report on the
island, that the US policy "has not only failed to bring about human rights
improvements in Cuba but has become counterproductive."
ADM reaffirms its view that the US policy of blockading Cuba is illegal under
international law, immoral because it denies food and medicine to children
and the sick, and is a failure because it has neither succeeded in its aim of
removing Fidel Castro from power nor has it prevented the Cuban economy from
developing. ADM therefore believes the blockade should be immediately and
unconditionally lifted and that Britain should do all it can to oppose this
ADM is therefore delighted by recent British initiatives such as the
rescheduling of Cuba's debt and the deal by the drugs company SmithKline
Beecham to market Cuba's meningitis vaccine.
ADM instructs the NEC to:
- Write to the Rt. Hon. Robin Cook, congatulating him upon the Labour
Government's position against the US blockade and underlining the NUJ's
opposition to it.
- Organise a ballot of members in order affiliate the NUJ to the Cuba
- Make a donation of £500 and pledge the Union's name to the CSC's "Sign up for Cuba!" campaign which calls for the immediate and unconditional lifting
of the US blockade. ADM would like to see the Union's name among the
published list of all signatories to the campaign which CSC will place in a
National Newspaper before the UN General Assembly meets to vote on the
blockade issue at its meeting in October, 2000.
- Ask the editor of the Journalist to give space to an article which
highlights the role of the US government in financing and fomenting
opposition in Cuba, in particular the financing of anti-Castro newsgroups,
websites and so-called "independent" journalists.
- Ask its Policy Committee to organise a fact-finding mission to
Cuba and Miami so that an objective NUJ report can be compiled which will
explain as far as possible the facts surrounding the situation of free
expression in both places. The report to be made available to all editors
and broadcast news producers.
ADM notes with concern:
- Continuing evidence of hindrance of members' attempts to report public
order situations, ranging from police requests to "move for your own safety"
- Poor functioning of the Press Card system, particularly outside London, with
reports that police officers are not recognising it; and
- Threats to members from demonstrators convinced that
photographs will be delivered to the police and used in evidence against them.
ADM welcomes Judge Henry Pownall's decision at the Old Bailey on 2 July 1999 to
refuse a City of London Police demand to seize journalists' films, notes and tapes
from the events in the City on June 18; congratulates the Guardian, Independent,
Times, Reuters, BBC, ITN, Channel 4 News and Sky TV for successfully opposing
the demand; and castigates those news organisations which failed to oppose it.
ADM therefore instructs the NEC to:
- Publicise the existence of the Press Card and the proper opearation of the
PIN number asssociated with it directly to police officers in the UK and Ireland;
- Initiate dialogue with the Metropolitan Police, the Association of Chief Police Officers
and other bodies to improve awareness of the need for free and open reporting;
- Produce a report for the next NUJ Delegate Meeting on opportunities for NUJ
input to police training, especially public order training;
- Campaign vigorously for the principle that no journalist nor publisher nor broadcaster
shall hand images or notes to the police or criminal justice system unless compelled
to do so by an effective court order;
- Publicise to NUJ members the options for relinquishing control of sensitive material; and
- Publicise to all concerned the NUJ's determination that members will resist all
attempts to compromise their independence by associating them with the criminal
justice system, by seizure of images and notes or otherwise.
ADM expresses its apalled horror at the death sentence passed on Philadelphia
journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal and instructs the NEC to:
- express the NUJ's support for the demand for a retrial; and
- disburse up to £1000 to publicise UK journalists' opposition to
this death sentence directly to the people of Pennsylvania.
ADM instructs the NEC to employ full-time organisers to give
their undivided attention to the Magazine and Book sectors, and to ensure
that the candidates selected receives proper training in the legal aspects
of copyright and contract law so that he/she may better serve the many
hundreds of freelances who also work in those sectors.
ADM takes the view that since the collapse of the Soviet Union, NATO is no
longer a necessary alliance and should be dissolved so that international
peace-keeping and disputes may be wholly settled by a reformed and
strengthened United Nations based upon the principles of accountability,
democracy and the sovereignty of nation states.
ADM deplores bot the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, including the bombing
of the TV station, and deplores the action of Serbian military and paramilitary
forces against civilians in Kosovo.
ASM salutes the work done by the IFJ in giving support to journalists in
all parts of former Yugoslavia to establish journalism and trade unionism
independent of all state and military forces and instructs the NEC to do all in
its power to ensure that such support continues.
ADM instructs the NEC to put more resources into active recruitment
campaigning and to ensure that there will be adequate resources available in
the future to further this end. This should begin with a new recruitment
leaflet and a national advertising campaign. ADM feels that the time is
right for a campaign specifically aimed at recruiting members in the
electronic publishing industry.
ADM is appalled at the woeful lack of safety on Britain's railways and
instructs the NEC to add its weight to the call
for the establishment of a Royal Commission to look into the future of
Britain's rail infrastructure, in particular at the efficacy of
privatisation. ADM also calls for a re-examination of the work and responsibilities
of the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), aimed at making it more effective.
In view of the considerable doubts raised as a result of the
Paddington disaster, ADM instructs the NEC to demand of HM Government
that it cancel all plans for the privatisation of the London Underground and
of Air Traffic Control.
ADM is in favour of public service broadcasting paid for by the licence fee.
It instructs the NEC to finance an active campaign in defence of the
concept of a publicly accountable broadcasting service. This campaign
should be orchestrated in consultation with the Campaign for Press and
This ADM recognises the need to encourage low-paid journalists to
join the union but notes that the existence of two levels of reduced membership
contributions - 0.5 per cent and 1 per cent of income - is
confusing and administratively unsatisfactory, placing an extra burden
on the membership department as well as substantially reducing income to
the union. ADM therefore instructs the NEC to amend the rules to return to
the principle of having only one level of reduced membershp contributions,
and to make that 1 per cent of income.
This ADM recognises:
- The growing concentration of media and communications ownership
leading to a monopoly of news, entertainment and information.
- The digital convergence of telecomms, video and data technologies.
- The implications this has for communications and media workers and
their unions and other organisations, including:
Graphical, Paper and Media Union (GPMU);
Writers' Guild (WG);
Society of Authors (SoA);
Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU);
Musicians Union (MU);
Communication Workers Union (CWU); and
the Society of Telecom Executives (STE).
This ADM therefore instructs the National Executive Committee (NEC) to:
- Draw up a policy statement on the ownership of mass media and
digital convergence of technology by ADM 2001.
- Hold discussions with the above unions and societies on media
ownership concentration and digital convergence and its consequences for
our members and publish the results to branches.
- Report to ADM 2001 on the possibility of forming a Confederation
of Media and Communication Unions, comprised of the above unions. This
might include sharing facilities for legal aid; premises; educational
facilities; research and library; membership services and so on.
This ADM welcomes the 24 September New York Court of Appeals judgement in
the case Tasini et al -v- New York Times et al, as giving renewed
vigour and sustencance to the worldwide campaign by journalists and other authors
to retain rights in our work and to receive decent payment for it use and re-use.
ADM congratulates the General Secretary and the NEC on the initiative to
hold an international conference of trades union activists and other campaigners
for authors' rights in London in May 2000, to co-ordinate the development of this
ADM thanks the General Secretary and NEC for their continuing support for
the campaign in the UK and Ireland and internationally and fervently hopes that
they will continue this support and extend it as necessitated by further developments.
ADM notes the danger that both authors' rights and the European systems of
public service broadcasting will come under pressure in the forthcoming
Millennium Round of World Trade Organization (WTO) talks and in the extension
of the existing WTO General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS).
ADM reaffirms its conviction that strong authors' rights embodied in law are
the best guarantee of vigorous, diverse, free and responsible journalism and in
- all authors, including reporters and photographers and whether staff or freelance,
should have rights to be identified as authors of their works and to defend the
integrity of those works (so-called "moral rights"); and that
- further collective agreements following and developing the terms of the
Guardian framework agreement on minimum freelance terms
and remuneration are the best means to ensure that journalists in the UK &
Ireland receive proper payment for use and re-use of their work, especially in
the new media;
ADM therefore instructs the NEC to:
- make strong representations to the UK government, and in concert with
the Irish Executive Council to the government of the Republic of Ireland, to the
effect that neither they nor the European Union should back-track on or horse-trade
over the EU's current stated position of defending authors' rights and public
broadcasting at the WTO;
- initiate and fund a study on proper payment systems for journalists contributing
to the new media, in particular:
and to report in outline to ADM 2001, having carried the study out in
collaboration with appropriate national and international authors' rights organisations,
- the possibility of journalists sharing directly in revenue from
"pay-per-view" media and databases such as FT Profile;
- the options for negotiated payment scales for use of work in
advertiser-supported new media (where readership is precisely measured); and
- similar options for syndication of work
- involve the NUJ actively in author-controlled syndication and licensing services
such as ByLine, including financial involvement; and to
- strengthen support for NUJ involvement in co-ordinated lobbying efforts
by trades unions and authors' organisations internationally, particularly those
aimed at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).