Branch member Richard Purden praises a compelling and vibrant tribute to James Connolly and his journey from the Cowgate to becoming one of the key figures in the Easter Rising.
Cast and production team of Before the Hudson and the Liffey. Picture: Mihaela Bodlovic
James Connolly remains a contentious figure for many. In the broad sweep there are an abundance of assumptions and myths around the Irish Republican leader that give his legacy a cultish, underground flavour. In a recent essay his great-nephew, the late Ian Bell, suggested that when it came to what you knew of James Connolly, even among his family, he was “famous, chiefly for getting himself killed”. This is a common experience in Scotland. Continue reading
Journalist Gordon Smith receiving his life membership from the National Union of Journalists at a meeting of Edinburgh Freelance Branch on Monday 25 April. Gordon was the branch’s very first treasurer in 1964 and is still writing today.
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Branch officers 2016
Chair: Joyce McMillan
Vice-chair: Simon Barrow
Secretary: Mark Fisher
Membership secretary: Andy Moore
Treasurer: Joyce McMillan
Training: Bob Smyth
Edinburgh Trade Union Council rep: Simon Barrow
Welfare: Paul Cockburn
Student rep: Alex Shaw
Auditor 1: Simon Barrow
Auditor 2: Rob Edwards
Talks are under way between the union and senior Newsquest management over proposed 20% savings including redundancies and restructuring of editorial areas.
Progress was made in providing some clarity for members considering VR, particularly regarding photographic gear and using average earnings for calculating terms for part time staff. An audit is taking place on what equipment can be released for photographers considering taking a deal and going freelance, while part time staff have been informed of the calculations situation.
More on the NUJ Scotland website here.