Perhaps someone ought to explain why many members of the NEC and the
majority of delegates to the Scarborough ADM opposed the Edinburgh Freelance
motion on compulsory external advertising of vacancies, a stance which
Hilary Macaskill finds "surprising" (Freelance, last issue).
Any decent employer advertises vacancies internally first. This is (a) to
give staff the opportunity to develop their careers and (b) to maintain
continuity and experience within the organisation. If no suitable internal
candidate is found, then vacancies are advertised externally. This is not a
new development and indeed has been a negotiating goal for trade unions in
I believe that the staff of the union deserve the same opportunities for
career advancement as NUJ members working for, say, the BBC or Reed Elsevier
take for granted. That means giving the staff the chance to progress and
develop through the unions career structure, not by valuing their
experience and learning at naught.