Spent Saturday marching for peace in Gaza – neither Hamas nor Zionism but international socialism – and spent a mere 9 hours on Monday stuck in an airless cell (ok, it was ACAS but it felt like that..) negotiating – and I use the term in its loosest sense – with Reed Business Information management.
ACAS was all pretty fruitless. Whilst local union reps had spent hours consulting with members and coming up with a number of innovative proposals to break a long-running deadlock management didn’t even all manage to turn up, let along with any ideas. They spent half their time on the phone getting instructions. The instruction appears to have been – no!
So nothing achieved and we race headlong towards a ballot and possible tribunal cases. What a wasted opportunity.
Tuesday I met with Gerry Morrissey, Bectu’s General Secretary at the BBC, had a meeting with one of our BBC secondees, Keith Murray, with Deputy General Secretary Michelle Stanistreet and Campaigns head Stephen Pearse to put final plans in place for the NUJ’s Jobs Summit, and then went to Parliament to meet with the NUJ’s Parliamentary Group. We discussed the crisis facing local newspapers, the refusal of the New Statesman to recognise the union despite us representing 15 out of 16 editorial staff, an ongoing dispute at the BBC World Service, Lord Carter’s Digital Britain review, the Israeli ban on foreign journalists entering Gaza and agreed a number of letters, Parliamentary Questions, Early Day Motions on other activity over the coming weeks.
Then back home to try and catch up on phone calls and emails..sorry if I missed yours!