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Vacancies on LFB Committee and on NUJ Councils

THE ARE vacancies on LFB's Committee. Elections will be held at the LFB meeting on Monday 12 July. In practice, candidates are likely to be elected unopposed. These posts last until the next Branch AGM in January 2021, at which all Committee members seek (re-)election.

There's a guide here to what these posts entail. LFB's monthly Committee meetings are currently on the third Monday of each month. When they become face-to-face again, they will be somewhere in central London not far form an Underground station: reasonable travel expenses can be paid for attending.

The Vice-Chair post is now vacant. There are two vacant Members Without Portfolio posts (also known as Members at Large) on the Committee as well. The rôle involves dealing with projects and issues as they arise. For those hesitant about committing themselves to one of the more demanding posts in the Committee, this would be a good opportunity to get some experience, build confidence and find your feet before considering taking on a more senior rôle.

There is also Negotiations Officer post up for election. The previous post was held as a jobshare. All LFB Committee posts can be jobshares.

LFB thanks for all their hard work those who have stood down from officer posts - Pierre Alozie, who stands down as our Vice-Chair, Jon Holden and Len Mulholland, who stand down as Negotiations Officers.

There is also one vacancy on LFB's Remuneration Committee, which is currently looking into the rates paid to the Freelance team and to our Social Media Officer, and into the consequences of any rises in such rates for LFB's budget.

Some posts are currently held by officers who are flying solo and who would appreciate a jobshare with another member to help out for the rest of the year. Jobshares are available as Co-chair, Membership Officer and Welfare Officer. Contact a member of the Committee if you are interested in standing. See the details of what these jobs entail.

Also vacancies on NUJ Councils...

Vacancies have also arisen on various NUJ Councils that represent industrial sectors, demographics or geographical regions. The Councils meet periodically to set policy. We include below those vacancies relevant to LFB members.

Each of the Councils that has vacancies has seats on it representing geographical areas, industrial sectors or demographics. See below for how to ensure that the NUJ's Membership Department has you down as belonging to that industry sector or demographic. The Executive Councils for the nations within the UK have seats representing particular NUJ Branches within each nation.

Black Members and Disabled Members are self-defining. Geographical areas are by postcode. "London" seats may be occupied by people who live in postcodes starting with N, NW, E, EC, WC, SW or SE; and South-East England by those in other postcodes in the region. If, for example, your address is in the London Borough of Richmond, you'd be counted as being in South-East England due to you TW postcode.

The Freelance understands that freelance NUJ members are entitled to a modest Loss of Earnings Allowance for attending meetings of the NUJ Councils, including "Zoomers". Travel expenses and a subsistence allowance covering a modest lunch are also payable once these meetings return to the NUJ's London HQ at Headland House, provisionally in October.

The National Executive Council (NEC) is the body responsible for the decisions of the Union between Delegate Meetings. Its (long) meetings require a lot of preparation, and unlike most of the Union's Councils, its vacancies are likely to have contested elections with several candidates. There are two vacancies for NEC seats for members with London postcodes.

The Freelance Industrial Council (FIC) has one seat for a member representing London (with a London geographical postcode).

FIC also has a seat going for one of the NUJ's Black Members, for a member self-identifying as being from that demographic who is also known to the Union as being in the freelance sector, wherever they live.

Other currently-vacant seats on FIC represent North West England, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Yorkshire and Humberside (one vacancy each).

The Disabled Members' Council has three vacancies.

The Photographer's Council seeks a photographer member to represent London, which could include an LFB member photographer.

The Scottish Executive Council seeks a representative who is a freelance based in that nation.

The Welsh Executive Council seeks a photographer based in Wales, whether staff or freelance.

... and on NUJ Committees

In addition to the NUJ Councils, there are Committees that are normally elected by delegates at the Union's Delegate Meeting. There are two seats available on the Appeals Tribunal, one vacancy on the board of trustees of the Union's independent charity NUJ Extra, and one seat up for election on Prof Com, the Union's Professional Training Committee.

Those elected will serve until the Delegate Meeting that will take place some time in the Spring of 2023. In order to stand, you first need to seek nomination from an NUJ Branch. Branches can nominate people who are members of other Branches.

If you are seeking the nomination of LFB, please contact the Branch Secretary in plenty of time. Since there is no London Freelance Branch meeting in August, the last date on which LFB can vote on its nominations to these Councils is the Branch meeting on Monday 12 July.

Am I eligible, though?

You first need to ensure that NUJ Membership Department has you down as being part of the demographic or industrial sector you want to represent. Contact the Membership Department via the NUJ switchboard or by email: membership@nuj.org.uk and let them know that you still wish to be recorded as being a freelance but also that you wish to be recorded as being in whatever sector you work, or as being a Disabled Member, Black Member, photographer or whatever it is. Do this also in plenty of time for the 30 August deadline for Branches to send nominations to Head Office. You can check or try to amend the details Head Office has on you via this Change of Address link.

It is quite likely that most candidates - except for the NEC will be elected unopposed. In the event that there is more than one candidate for any of these posts, an election will be triggered, conducted by a postal ballot of those eligible to vote for members of each Council.

Any queries about eligibility to stand in these elections should be addressed to the NUJ's Leyla Yusuf LeylaY@nuj.org.uk.