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Suite 12a
111 Piccadilly
Manchester M1 2HY
Tel: 0161 237 5020
Draft minutes of each meeting of the NUJ Manchester & Salford branch are available at the following meeting where they are corrected, if necessary, and approved. Members unable to attend who wish to receive copies of approved minutes may do so upon request to the branch secretary, currently Kath Grant, who may be contacted at, by phone on 0775 838 6208 or by mail to the branch office at the above address.
Chair Chris Rea:
Vice-chair Dave Toomer:
Acting Branch Secretary Rachel Broady:
Treasurers Rhetta Moran & Kath Grant:
Equality Officer Rachel Broady: equality&
Welfare Officer Alex Halligan: equality&
Training Officer/Learning Rep Gary Herman: freelance&
Accompaniment Rep Dave Toomer:
Freelance Officers Rachel Broady & Kath Grant: freelance&
Exiled Journalists Reps Rhetta Moran & Mansoor Hassan:
Newsletter co-ordinator Chris Rea:
Trades Council delegates Chris Rea, Kath Grant, Rhetta Moran, Dave Toomer, Mansoor Hassan, Monica Gonzalez Cossea


Calais NGOs take legal action to stop the bulldozing of the Calais Jungle

Friday, February 19, 2016

Friday, 19 February, 2016

The NGOs and Associations working in the Calais Jungle have taken legal action alongside the refugees living there to stop the evictions and bulldozing of the southern half of the camp. The hearing will take place at the court in Lille on Tuesday 23 February ay 2pm.

The action does not support the ‘Jungle’ as being a good solution; rather it states that viable alternatives should be on offer if the refuges are going to be evicted. The NGOs do not believe that either the container camp or the respite centres (CAOs) are suitable
or adequate.

March against the Tory attacks
Thursday, October 01, 2015

Join branch THIS SUNDAY on the TUC demonstration against the Tory attacks on trade unions.
Assemble 12 noon All Saints Park Oxford Road. Opening rally at 1pm.
Look out for Manchester and Salford branch flags.
The People’s Media Hub: How can we help you #takebackmcr?
Thursday, October 01, 2015

Do you or a group you're involved in plan on taking action at the TUC Tory Party Conference next week? Would you like some support with gaining media attention for your work?

The People’s Media Hub is excited to announce that we are going to offer media support for grassroots groups.

Manchester Mule, Salford Star and Real Media are some of the local media organisations involved.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Current unfilled seats on the following councils are open to nomination by branches. The deadline for nominations is 20 April 2015. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE NOMINATED FOR ANY OF THESE VACANCIES, PLEASE CONTACT Rachel Broady, Acting Branch Secretary.

    Ethics council
    Books Seat
    Broadcasting Seat
    Magazines Seat

Freelance industrial council
    Disabled members

Magazine and book industrial council
    Black members
    Disabled members

Newspapers and agencies industrial council
    Black members
    Disabled members

Public relations (PR) and communications industrial council
    North West seat
Equality Council
    All members (1 seat)
Professional Training Committee
    All members (1 seat)

The Manchester Mayday Festival
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Manchester's May Day Festival is on Saturday, May 2nd.


Branch Training Courses - May & June
Tuesday, March 24, 2015


The Branch is organising three training courses in May and June.

Exact dates and fees will be decided at next week's branch meeting (see below for details) and an update will be sent out shortly afterwards.

The courses will be:

Getting Started As A Freelance and Pitch and Deal. Tutors: Phil Sutcliffe and Louise Bolotin.

Improve Your Feature Writing Skills. Tutor: Judi Goodwin

lobby of Manchester council
Thursday, March 05, 2015

There will be a lobby of Manchester town hall on Friday March 6, as it is the City Council's budget setting meeting and the councillors are expected to vote through approximately £59 million of cuts.  

The lobby will start at 9am on 6 March.  Executive members will be attending from 9 onwards.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

And show the EDL they are not welcome in our city.

Organised by GM Unite Against Fascism

12 noon Piccadilly Gardens

Saturday, March 7th 2015

A peaceful celebration of multicultural Manchester will be held in Piccadilly Gardens this Saturday to show the racist and fascist English Defence League they are not welcome in our city.

February Branch Meeting & other events
Monday, February 16, 2015

PLEASE NOTE: February's branch meeting will be at Media City. The discussion will focus on 'Casualisation'—non NUJ members also welcome to join the discussion. For details and other news click 'more'.

Real Media to meet in Manchester
Wednesday, January 07, 2015

News about an event in February"to campaign against mass media distortion and for public interest journalism" in the run-up to May's General Election:

We are planning something big in the lead up to the general election and we want to use this to help you.

Real Media is a new campaign network hosting a series of events and actions to campaign against mass media distortion and for public interest journalism, in the lead up to the 2015 elections and beyond.

As part of this we are organising a UK gathering of publications, bloggers, media organisations and campaigns to facilitate this growing movement.