January Branch Newsletter

11th January, 2011

Cadogan Estates Limited CCTV notice, Duke of York Square, King's Road, Chelsea.

Cadogan Estates Limited CCTV notice, Duke of York Square, King's Road, Chelsea. Image © Phillip Wolmuth.

Ground Control: A discussion with writer and journalist Anna Minton

25th January, 6pm at Headland House.

Street photography, which has a long and fruitful history of recording life in our shared public spaces, is under attack. The privatisation of public spaces – in London, Canary Wharf and parts of the King’s Road are good examples, but there are many more – is making it increasingly difficult for photographers to document how the world around us looks and feels in the 21st century.

Anna Minton’s book Ground Control reveals how, in recent years, “the market place has taken control from the local electorate. Now, untested urban planning has transformed not only our cities, but the very nature of public space. From Liverpool to Manchester, London to Newcastle, more and more streets are owned by private companies with the sole aim of making money”.

What can we do to re-assert the rights of the public in general, and photographers in particular (both amateur and professional), in our shared urban spaces?

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Annual General Meeting

Our meeting on the 25th January will mark a year since the start of the London Photographers’ Branch. It has been a packed year, the highlights of which you can read in the Chair’s Annual Report. We invite you all to come along and take part in the Annual General Meeting which will precede the normal monthly branch meeting with a speaker on the privatisation of public space.

6pm sharp – NUJ Headland House – drinks and nibbles provided.

We will elect a new committee, delegates to the NUJ Delegate Meeting in Southport and two branch auditors. Any member is entitled to stand for committee, however to hold a post as branch officer you have to be a full member.

Positions for 2011

(A) A chair
(B) A vice-chair
(C) A secretary to keep the records and convene meetings.
(D) Membership Secretary assists members with union membership and recruitment.
(E) A treasurer to be responsible for the funds in the care of the branch and for keeping accounts. No treasurer shall be aged under 18.
(F) A welfare officer to care for the interests of sick members and their spouses and liaise with the NUJ Extra.
(G) An equality officer to promote equality issues and provide a focus for questions and complaints arising from the code of conduct.
(H) A union learning representative focuses on branch training and education.
(I) Web Editor co-ordinates content for the branch Website, Twitter and Facebook
(J) Legal Rep assists and supports members pursuing legal issues.
(K) Non Portfolio members assist and contribute, but with no specific role.

The committee would encourage members to think about how they can contribute to the branch, we are very happy to have job-shares for committee positions, absolutely no experience necessary, we are all learning on the job! Feel free to contact committee members for details.

Candidates standing as branch officers will be allowed to address the Branch meeting prior to the election for a maximum of five minutes and questions can be asked of any candidate.

We will also briefly discuss amendments to the Delegate Meeting motions, which will decide the union policy over the next year/18 months. This is a very important meeting, I urge all members to do their best to attend.

Thanks again to all the out-going committee for their hard work and commitment to the work of the branch.

Jess Hurd, LPB Branch Chair

Equality for Freelancers: Sexual Orientation

The Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003 make it unlawful to discriminate on grounds of sexual orientation in the workplace. Defining the workplace, as freelancers, can mean doing a shift, working with a permanent contract or selling a single image or some copy.

Chair’s Annual Report

The year began with the fantastic Mass Gathering, where thousand of photographers descended on Trafalgar Square to demonstrate their opposition to the targeting of photographers under s44 of the anti terrorism powers. Branch members have been key to the success of the I’m a Photographer Not a Terrorist campaign.

Essential Photoshop for Photojournalists

This one-day course, organised by the London Photographers’ Branch, will demonstrate how to use Photoshop, Bridge and Adobe Camera RAW (the three linked programmes that make up Adobe Photoshop) Registration closes today.

“We can do anything under the terrorism act”

The NUJ has hit out at police claims they ‘can do anything under the Terrorism Act’, following the success of photographer Jess Hurd in a complaint to the Independent Police Complaint Commission (IPCC).

Branch member wins £30,000 compensation for G20 assault

Branch member David Hoffman, represented by Chez Cotton, head of the Police Misconduct Department at leading civil rights law firm Bindmans LLP, has received £30,000 damages from the Metropolitan Police.

Young Members

Over the past few months hundreds of younger NUJ members have been at the forefront of campaigns for better pay, fought against attacks on pensions and joined actions for media freedom and rights at work.

We want the TUC to hear the voice of our younger members.

The NUJ will be sending a 4-person delegation to the TUC Young Members Conference in London in April 2011. Does your branch or chapel have an active younger member who wants to be part of our delegation?

Members must be under 27 on 1 April 2011 and be available to attend the conference in London between 1-3 April 2011. Costs will be met by the union centrally.

If any of your members are interested please send a nomination stating in no more than 100 words the reasons for the nomination to generalsecretary@nuj.org.uk by 2 February 2011. The union’s National Executive will select delegates at its meeting on 4 February.

Michelle Stanistreet
Deputy General Secretary


Branch members who are registered on the site can view the draft minutes of meetings online:

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    The crass and entirely false remark of Met coppers: “we can do anything under the Terrorism Act” when interfering with Jess Hurd, shows just how importnt it is that we know our rights, be prepared to challenge police statements, and stand up for ourselves. If arrested, take copious notes and be prepared to be locked up for a while. As past cases have shown, someone who is arrested and locked up can look forward to a handsome payout afterwards – 3 – 5,000! Me? I’m looking forward to it. Could do with a few weeks on Corfu now the weather is improving!

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