The BAJ has a good track record. It has helped hundreds of members to obtain better deals over a variety of problems.
The BAJ has £50,000 legal expenses insurance which covers various personal problems, including RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury).
The BAJ has a team of barristers who handle employment problems and the recovery of fees for members.
The BAJ provides free legal representation for freelances in claims for unpaid fees in the Small Claims Court. Other unions do not do this for their freelances.
The BAJ has a copyright solicitor.
The BAJ has a 24-hour Legal Helpline which deals with work AND personal problems.
The BAJ has a Tax Helpline which deals with tax queries.
The BAJ is small and personal - its General Secretary is always available to members.
The BAJ is moderate and non-political. It does not waste time or members' money on political games.
The BAJ believes in reasonable and resolute representation, not senseless confrontation.
The BAJ issues UK Press Cards to journalists which are recognised by all Police forces.
The BAJ's subs are much lower than any other journalists' union.
The BAJ wants a genuine partnership with employers. It was advocating this long before it became TUC and Labour Party policy.
The BAJ is against strikes. It favours no-strike agreements provided employers accept legally binding arbitration to settle problems.
The BAJ is a democratic union. Its members are entitled to have a ballot at any time to challenge the decisions of the biennial conference or the National Executive Committee.
BAJ is ever-watchful to defend and promote Press Freedom, Freedom
of Information and Press ethics.
"I had to put into writing my deep
appreciation and that of my family, for your tireless support.
After being made redundant from a large
magazine publisher in December 2000, one member was represented at
an Employment Tribunal by the BAJ. She was awarded £55,290 for
unfair dismissal on top of £21,000 which had already been paid.
"I want to say how impressed I have
been by the way the BAJ has gone in to bat for me in my first year
of membership. It collected nearly £5,000 worth of disputed
fees which I might otherwise have been able to recoup only, with considerable
delay, through the Small Claims Court.
"I had worked as the editor of a monthly
design magazine for five years. My status was freelance but it was
a full-time job - I had no time to write for other titles. I loved
my job - then a new managing director arrived. It took him two minutes
to fire me.
British Association of Journalists, 89 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1DH
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