THE NUJ's National Executive has passed the following motion, which speaks for itself:
This NEC calls on Billy Hayes General Secretary of the CWU and Keith Norman, General Secretary of Aslef to repudiate the comments of Kevin Slocombe and Chris Proctor as published in the June/July edition of The Journalist. While both letter writers are entitled to their opinion on NUJ policy, they have no business telling our members what to do on behalf of their respective unions, as they appeared to on this occasion.
This NEC is confident that Hayes and Norman will agree with us that it is a trades union's responsibility to defend workers' rights, as the NUJ has done consistently on behalf of photographers. We know that our members struggle daily with attacks from media companies. It is a sorry situation when other trades unions join the sides of the bosses.
This NEC instructs the General Secretary to communicate this motion to the above general secretaries and report back to the next NEC.