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What happened at the branch meeting? 17 May 2007

Posted by nujbbclondon in Meetings.
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Here’s what happened at BBC London branch meeting on Tuesday 8 May.

General secretary Jeremy Dear gave a report from annual conference, including the Israel motion passed by delegates.

 The following motion was proposed by branch members. It was discussed, voted on and agreed.

“As broadcasters and NUJ members we are dismayed at the passing of a motion at ADM calling for a boycott of Israeli goods. As members of organisations which take pride in providing impartial news coverage, we cannot associate ourselves with a move which involves taking sides in any conflict. We call on the union to hold a ballot of all members to see whether they support the view taken at ADM on an issue which could have a profound effect on the way all British journalists are viewed at home and abroad.”

The vote was as follows: 42 – yes; 2 – abstained; 0 – no

The branch motion, along with the signatures gathered by email prior to the meeting, will be submitted to the union’s National Executive Committee for consideration at its next meeting on 6 July.   

Other business:

Branch secretary Jon Holden was nominated for the BBC National Radio seat on the union’s Broadcasting Industrial Council. Nomination seconded by Lesley Taylor. Nomination accepted.

PD proposed Branch buying 100 copies of the NUJ’s centenary book, at a cost of £1,000, to give away to BBC London members or sell at a discount. Proposal rejected.

NUJ Broadcasting organiser Paul McLaughlin gave a brief report on the upcoming post-licence fee settlement cuts at the BBC.  Details are yet to be finalised, but figures of 25-30% cuts in News over 5 years are being discussed.  

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