Delegates to the National Union of Journalists’ annual delegate meeting voted overwhelmingly to back the call for a general strike.
NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear set the tone for the conference in his opening address. He said, “On 26 March we marched together, now we must strike together.”
NUJ members pledged support for national campaigns fighting the cuts, such as BARAC and Right to Work, as well as anti-fascist organisations Expose the BNP and Unite Against Fascism.
Incoming general secretary Michelle Stanistreet was held to account at a question and answer session hosted by the NUJ Left, at which she reaffirmed that she would push the TUC to call for a general strike.
She also pledged that the NUJ would look to coordinate strikes on 30 June.
Journalists across the country are facing a series of attacks on jobs, pay and pensions, which could provide the opportunity to turn this pledge into a reality.
Over 40 delegates attended a lively Socialist Workers Party fringe meeting on “Reporting Revolutions”, where NUJ members discussed the political questions raised by the Middle Eastern uprisings.
A condemnation of police violence ran through the event, with backing for the Justice4Bolton campaign, set up following an anti-fascist protest in Bolton in 2010.
Delegates condemned Western intervention in Libya at a meeting hosted by Stop the War.
The overriding message was clear—only through coordinated strikes will we bring down the government.