Friday, January 08, 2010

Aint'cha just sick of it....

Sick of yet another snow story? I know most of our members are which is why the Daily Mash spoof is doing the rounds of many newsrooms.

More shocking news with the revelation that News International broke its own employment practices in unfairly dismissing Clive Goodman in the wake of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal. As Roy Greenslade points out today - we are slowly getting at the truth, but there's a way to go.

But back to serious business. Spent much of the last two days with Christine Buckley the new editor of The Journalist hearing pitches from designers seeking the contract to redesign the magazine. It's been fascinating and she will have a hard job making the decision next week.

I also wrote to Johnston Press expressing concern about the undue haste they are trying to implement the changes across South Yorskshire and Derbyshire by centralising production, spoke to members at the BBC and at Setanta.

This morning I attended the Federation of Entertainment Unions meeting and handed over the chair for the next 12 months to Gerry Morrissey, the General Secretary of Bectu. Also had a meeting with him and officials from both unions about a new recruitment campaign we are planning at a major employer..more soon!

Also more soon about Club Union @ Union City - an exciting new cross-union venture I'm involved with showing unions aren't just about dull meetings. Keep your eyes peeled for the first'll be worth it!

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