Thursday morning headed to New Scotland Yard to meet senior police officers about our photo event on 16 February highlighting the introduction of new laws making it unlawful to photograph police buildings or officers. Then on to City Hall to meet Guto Hari, Boris Johnson's press head honcho to talk about ways the Mayor can promote quality journalism in London - the day the front page of the Evening Standard is dominated by Boris' alleged 'f-word tirade'. We've also written to the London Assembly urging them to take action to protect quality and diversity in London's media as more local titles are merged, offices closed and jobs cut. A full staff meeting at Headland House rounded off the day.
Friday morning I met with Morning Star Chapel officers about their dispute, sent the formal industrial action notice to the company, produced a newsletter for Johnston Press reps, met with representatives of the Journalist Editorial Advisory Board and had conversations with both the TUC and Unite about union recognition at Pearson Education (Oxford). The afternoon was dominated by a meeting with Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger and senior finance and editorial managers - during which they announced their plans for a pay freeze for all staff - we've not accepted the need for the freeze, instead asking them key questions about the company's finances. Further information-gathering meetings will take place before pay negotiations next month.
Spent several hours trying to deal with all the outstanding emails, correspondence, phone calls etc before heading home to prepare for my holiday...see you in three weeks!