The NUJ Left conference on Saturday of last week discussed the changing dynamic of trade union struggle and the role of the left within the NUJ journalists’ union and the movement.
The conference was addressed by activists from the victorious Tower Hamlets college strike. They spoke about gaining confidence and strengthening the rank and file through struggle.
There was also a lively debate about no platform for Nazis. The session was opened by Anindya Bhattacharyya from Unite Against Fascism who encouraged a “no platform for fascists” position to be maintained.
There was much debate, with some arguing that a hard-hitting grilling of Nazi leader Nick Griffin is what was needed – but the majority held that the issue was not about people being good at their jobs, but reporting the BNP in order to expose them.
Throughout the day positive contributions were made on the importance of building the left within the NUJ and agitating for more up-front resistance to cuts in the sector.
Journalists at the Cardiff-based Media Wales group, owned by Trinity Mirror, have voted by 96 percent in favour of strike action against compulsory redundancies.