the media and entertainment union
a sector of Prospect

16 September 2009

BECTU has secured the support of TUC delegates for its stance against illegal file-sharing.

 Tony Lennon speaks on press freedom at the TUC conference in Liverpool, September 2009Tony Lennon holds up a copy of BECTU's journal to illustrate a point about press freedom. Pic: Rod Leon



The union's motion, which was debated together with a proposition from the NUJ on public service broadcasting, met with overwhelming support. Assistant general secretary Martin Spence spoke on this topic.

Read the full text of the motion on PSB and copyright piracy.

In another double-act, BECTU and shopworkers' union, USDAW, joined forces to press the case for the national minimum wage given the rumblings of a Conservative attack should the party succeed at the next election. Not suprisingly, the arguments struck a chord with delegates and the motion was enthusiastically accepted. Read the full text of the motion on the national minimum wage.

As well as presenting the union's arguments on the national minimum wage, president, Tony Lennon, underlined BECTU's commitment to the fight for media freedom.  Read the full text of the motion on media freedom proposed by the NUJ and seconded by BECTU.

The union journal has been celebrated this year for its challenge to Kent police over its treatment of the media. 

Up to the minute details of events in Liverpool have been provided by the TUC's communications team on Congress Voices.The text of all motions, including comment, blogs and pictures is available there. 

BECTU was repesented at this year's TUC by Tony Lennon, Martin Spence and NEC members, Jack Amos, Jo Livesey and Mark Rivers.