Thursday, November 08, 2007

Through bleary eyes

Wednesday morning slightly bleary eyed after the late finish at ACAS I made a presentation to the reps from the three unions who represent our staff - the NUJ, GMB and SIPTU - about the planned changes to our staff pension scheme. I also wrote to all the scheme members setting out the planned changes and kicking off a 60-day consultation on the proposals.

Had a coffee with the new Evening Standard media reporter - it's always good to get to know those who cover our industry and had a meeting about ways to ensure the NUJ continues to reduce its own carbon footprint.

Finally had an evening off - and went with Paula to see Ojos de Brujo a fantastic band from Barcelona at the Camden Roundhouse. Brilliant!

Today it was time to report back to the Chapel Committee at The Guardian - and we secured unanimous backing of the stance we have taken at the negotiations so far.

As well as catching up with some mail/email found time to put out a statement on Pakistan (see begin to plan how we will support our colleagues there on the IFJ day of action planned for 15 November.

I also approved the application of the first NUJ member who has blogger as their job title. Whilst we have hundreds, if not thousands of members who write blogs, this is the first person who earns their entire living solely from freelance blogging. Who says we're not attracting new media workers? Membership in new media was up almost 11% over the past year.

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