City Council calls on BBC not to end our local news service

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Oxford City Council has written to Tim Davie, director general, and Richard Sharp, chair of the BBC board, to voice its concerns over proposals to end the “local opt-out” ‒ up to half an hour of evening news dedicated to covering events in Oxford and the surrounding areas, before viewers join the regional BBC South news programme produced from Southampton.

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Branch social/30th anniversary of the end of the strike at Maxwell’s Pergamon Press

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Join us on Thursday 18th August for our annual plaque shining ceremony and a summer social.

It’s 30 years since the end of the 3-year NUJ strike for union rights at Robert Maxwell’s Pergamon Press, located at Headington Hill.

To mark the anniversary, we are inviting branch members, friends and families to join us for a ceremonial polishing up of the brass plaque located just outside the gates of the former publishing company.

We’ll meet at 6.00pm at the gates of Headington Hill Hall. The building is now home of the Oxford Brookes School of Law, at the top of Headington Hill, just above Headington Hill Park. The gates of the Brookes Headington Hill Hall campus are on the left as you reach the top of Headington Hill (just before Pullens Lane).

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Don’t push ageist ideas about technology skills

Is the NUJ ageist? Well, it sometimes seems to promote ageist attitudes, says branch member Penny Kiley, even if it is with good intentions.

When I tell people I work as a web editor, they often say “I’m not technical”.

“Neither am I,” I reply.

I’m not a web developer, I don’t write software and I’m not good with gadgets. I just know how to use the tools for the jobs I choose to do.

Also, I am over 60. And I get quite cross when I hear the view that having digital skills and getting old are mutually exclusive.

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Struggling to afford your NUJ subs? We may be able to help…

Some advice from our welfare officers Bill MacKeith and Gill Oliver.

If you’re finding it difficult to pay your NUJ membership fees or are taking a break from paid work for some reason and need advice, it’s a good idea to ask the union for help before you stop your direct debit.

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Book Careers Salary Survey 2021 – summary

Every four years, bookcareers.com carries out a salary survey of publishing workers in the UK. The results of the 2021 survey are shocking.

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Every four years, bookcareers.com carries out a salary survey of publishing workers in the UK. The results of the 2021 survey have now been published.

The survey shows that average overall salary is up but the disparity between entry-level pay and the average overall pay has grown again. And men are still being paid more than women. There are also 13 pages of quotes on why employers’ diversity policy are not fit for purpose.

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A bumper year for involvement, action and impact

Branch secretary Anna Wagstaff reviews an extraordinary year’s work in her 2020-21 annual report.

The past year has been notable for the number of members who have committed their time and talents to pursuing many important areas of work on behalf of the branch.

A huge thanks to all of you who have helped us do so much in 2020-2021. It’s been a year that proves that together our impact is much more than the sum of our parts. I hope it will inspire more people to get involved in the coming year.

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How to become a life member of the NUJ (just pay your subs!)

Branch member Peter McIntyre has just become a life member of the National Union of Journalists. Pay your subs for long enough and it could be you, he writes.

Pay your subs for long enough and you may become a life member of the National Union of Journalists. It is a long service medal rather than a mark of quality, but I feel ridiculously proud of it.

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Beyond Lockdown – the results of our working from home survey

We carried out a national survey earlier this year on working from home, along with the Oxford Publishing Society and the Oxford branch of the Society of Young Publishers. The results are now in, the numbers are crunched, and some important issues have been identified.

Almost 1,000 publishing professionals took part in our survey ‘Beyond Lockdown – Does working from home work for you?’, representing academic books and journals and schools/educational publishing, through to trade publishing, children’s books and magazines and newsletters.

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Oxford says no to fire and rehire at the Oxford Mail

MPs, workers’ reps and residents across Oxford are calling on the Oxford Mail to “stop fire and rehire”.

The Newsquest-owned paper has issued notices of termination of contracts to its journalists to force them to accept an end to time-and-a-half payments for working on most bank holidays. But Oxford is fighting back.

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“Withdraw these dismissal notices” MPs tell the Oxford Mail

Oxford MPs are backing the NUJ’s calls for Newsquest to withdraw notices of dismissal issued to journalists at the Oxford Mail.

The company sent out 12 week notice of termination of contracts to the journalists to unilaterally force through changes to their pay.

The changes would mean journalists would no longer receive the normal time-and-a-half payments for working on bank holidays (other than Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day). Reporters routinely work many hours upaid overtime to cover for redundancies and unfilled vacancies.

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