The National Union of Journalists’ (NUJ) annual delegate meeting in Birmingham last week voted for the union to organise a day of action on 5 November over low pay.
Regional meetings of union branch reps will be held over the next few months to discuss the action.
But the conference also highlighted problems for the left in the union.
The conference often saw strong support for left wing policies – Tony Benn received two standing ovations when he spoke. But decisions to take any action were usually referred back to the national executive.
The executive sometimes intervened to take the campaigning teeth out of motions, such as those to support the Workers’ Charter and to affiliate to the Stop the War Coalition, arguing that we wouldn’t convince the membership.
However, the conference’s mood was volatile – a vote to ballot on affiliation to the Campaign Against Climate Change defeated opposition from the executive.
A motion was won to boycott Israeli goods because of Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people.
A Media Workers Against the War fringe meeting on Islamophobia drew over 30 people, and one on Venezuela was packed out.