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NUJ campaigns and communications officer to leave union

Hot on the heels of campaigns officer Miles Barter, the senior campaigns and communications officer, Stephen Pearse, is to leave the National Union of Journalists (NUJ).

Pearse is to re-locate to Brussels, creating an opening at the Union. The senior campaigns and communications officer position attracts a salary of £48,623.30 pa (plus London weighting). The position of campaigns officer, meanwhile, offers £26,966.46 pa (plus London weighting). Details of how to apply at this link…

Barter handed in his resignation in November 2009. Blogger Jon Slattery reported on accusations made by defeated Journalist editor candidate Mark Watts that the campaigns officer had been ‘forced out’. The NUJ and Barter denied the allegations.

Early Day Motion support for New Statesman negotiations not really needed

Update: The National Union of Journalists met with New Statesman management today and talks on a recognition agreement will continue, the NUJ has confirmed.

27 MPs have signed an early day motion supporting recognition of the UK National Union of Journalists by the New Statesman magazine management, but their support isn’t really needed anymore after the New Statesman owners agreed – last week – to meet the union after all.

The NUJ originally reported that the magazine management was refusing to recognise the union. In response, an Early Day Motion, proposed by MP John Cummings, was submitted on January 20, and asked for ‘the owners of the New Statesman to recognise the NUJ, to suspend the redundancies and to begin negotiations with the union over the future of the magazine.’

But on January 15 it had been announced that New Statesman management members will meet with the union to discuss the right to negotiate pay and work conditions.

Journalism.co.uk asked NUJ campaigns officer, Miles Barter, if the MPs’ support was a bit redundant. “It is yes,” he said. “The EDM was put in when they [New Statesman] weren’t [meeting with NUJ],” he said, but added that the NUJ is ‘grateful for their solidarity.’