Thursday, March 25, 2010

New work experience guidelines welcomed after NUJ campaign

New guidelines on work experience, internships and apprenticeships are published by Skillset. We've welcomed them. They could be tougher but they are a welcome first step towards giving us the tools to eradicate the exploitation of young people trying to get in to journalism.

I've written an article welcoming the launch here and more details of the union's campaigns around the issue can be found here

Following hot on the heels of the launch was the announcement that the Low pay Commission has recommended that the Government produces, in conjunction with interested parties, sector specific guidance on the National Minimum Wage for the entertainment sector. We gave evidence to the Low Pay Commission calling for just such a move.

Not such good news from the decisions on naming the preferred bidders for the government's Independently Financed News Consortia pilots in Scotland, Wales and the north-east of England.

Skilled and dedicated staff at the ITV regions which failed in the bids will rightly feel badly let down today. We will continue to fight their case.

Tuesday night I was down in Oxford doing a recruitment evening at the Oxford Mail - went well and we've a good crop of new young members as a result.

Yesterday I met with union reps from the Morning Star and with the General Secretaries of Bectu, the Musicians Union and Equity as well as attending the PCS picket line at the British Library. Today I met with the BBC's new employee relations head - Diane Dumas amongst other meetings.

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