London Freelance Branch meetings

LFB MEETINGS are currently virtual meetings, held via the Zoom platform over your laptop, desktop computer, tablet or other internet-enabled device. (Details of how to sign up for Zoom are below.)

These virtual LFB meetings are held at the usual time: 6:45pm sharp on the second Monday of each month (except, for the moment, August).

When face-to-face LFB meetings resume, they will be at NUJ HQ, Headland House, 72 Acton Street WC1X 9NB: go directly to the meeting schedule (or to this month's motions.)

[NUJ London Freelance Branch]

Please check back here - meeting subjects and speakers inevitably change from time to time. Members who have supplied a working email address to the NUJ centrally get a monthly email alert and virtual Freelance listing.

The Branch Committee believes that under the emergency circumstances we can take motions in online meetings and regard them as passed if there are no voices against - if, in the jargon, they are passed nem con (Latin for "none against"). There is no provision for contested votes remotely under the Branch rules. Any motion for a meeting must be sent, in writing, to the Freelance editors ten days before the meeting date: see below for a handy form for submitting motions. See here for guidance on Tweeting and recording meetings.

The Branch also organises meetings for members new to freelance journalism, to meet other people new to the Branch and members with more experience of freelance journalism. Currently these are virtual meetings via Zoom, on the last Thursday of every third month from 6pm: if you have recently joined, or transferred into, London Freelance Branch of the NUJ you should receive an invitation in email.

Date Speaker/subject
Mon Dec 14 An evening with renowned cartoonist Steve Bell
Mon Jan 11 Annual General Meeting 2021: elected the Committee and received officers' reports on the past year
Thu Jan 28 Meeting for members new to freelancing online, 6pm
Mon Feb 08

Provisionally: a speaker on the use of statistics in reporting - with reference to the covid vaccine and more...


You can sign up to Zoom now to download the app to your phone or laptop, or you can follow that link before the meeting and download the app then.

Mon Mar 08

Provisionally: how to make working from home go better...

Mon Apr 12 To be announced...
Thu Apr 29 New members' meeting, via Zoom
Mon May 10 To be announced...
Mon Jun 14 To be announced...
Mon Jul 12 To be announced...
Thu Jul 29 New members' meeting
August No meeting
Mon Sep 13 To be announced...
Mon Oct 11 To be announced...
Thu Oct 28 New members' meeting
Mon Nov 8 To be announced...
Mon Dec 13 We hope for some kind of social event...
Mon Jan 10 2022 Annual General Meeting 2022: elects a new Committee.

The Branch Committee welcomes suggestions for speakers and topics for meetings: contact editor@londonfreelance.org.

Motions for the February meeting

Decisions between Branch meetings
With amendments accepted by the mover, for Branch approval

LFB agrees that in the intervals between branch and/or committee meetings if decisions, except those involving non-administrative expenditure, are urgently required and it is not possible to convene a meeting of the committee within the next seven days, they shall be taken by the branch officers – namely, the chair, vice-chair, secretary and treasurer – after as much consultation with the committee as practicable, and the decisions are reported to the committee and the branch.

Any branch officer may convene the officers for the decision-making process.

A majority of those voting shall decide as long as at least three votes are cast.

Jobshares will have one vote between them.

The motions archive - 2021

Trades Councils

This Branch resolves to send representatives to Waltham Forest Trades Council and to Kensington and Chelsea area Trades Council.

Decisions between Branch meetings
Superseded - see below

LFB agrees that in future (subject to later policy change/adjustment by the branch) in the intervals between branch and/or committee meetings if decisions, except those involving non-administrative expenditure, are urgently required and it is not possible to convene a meeting of the committee by the next Monday, they shall be taken by the branch officers – namely, the chair(s), vice-chair(s), secretary/ies and treasurer(s) – after as much consultation with the committee as practicable, and the decision is reported to the committee and the branch.

Any branch officer may convene the officers for the decision-making process.

A majority of those voting shall decide as long as at least three votes are cast.

Where there are job shares each half of the share shall be counted as half a vote.

Decisions between Branch meetings
With amendments accepted by the mover, for Branch approval
Remitted to February meeting

LFB agrees that in the intervals between branch and/or committee meetings if decisions, except those involving non-administrative expenditure, are urgently required and it is not possible to convene a meeting of the committee within the next seven days, they shall be taken by the branch officers – namely, the chair, vice-chair, secretary and treasurer – after as much consultation with the committee as practicable, and the decisions are reported to the committee and the branch.

Any branch officer may convene the officers for the decision-making process.

A majority of those voting shall decide as long as at least three votes are cast.

Where there are job shares each half of the share shall be counted as half a vote.

Amendment to the above

Delete last paragraph ("Where ... vote").

Motions for the December 2020 meeting

NUJ Extra
passed nem con

This branch agrees to pay £100 to NUJ Extra in addition to the regular £450 per month we have been donating since physical meetings were suspended (thus making a payment of £550). This will compensate for the fact that our standing order of £100 a month came to an end at the end of October, and we did not re-start it.

The branch also resolves to restart our £100 a month standing order to NUJ Extra from the end of the month, for another year.