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Matthew Myatt Matthew Myatt from London wrote on 26/09/2018 at 8:00 am:
A reminder that the venue for our 'Coffee Chat' event on the 26th and 27th September 2018 will be held at; The Host Cafe Saint Mary Aldermary Watling Street London EC4M 9BW This is an informal event, held between 11 am and 2 pm. Please come along to ask or discuss in confidence, any work-related issues or concerns you may have with Annette Raitz, BAJ Solicitor and Matthew Myatt, BAJ General Secretary. Again, we would like to invite members working at Canary Wharf, who may not be able to get across town to this event due to time restrictions, the opportunity to chat with Annette and Matthew in one of the lower ground floor coffee shops at One Canada Square. If you would like to meet with us on Thursday 27th later in the afternoon, please make contact asap so we can make arrangements to meet with you.
A reminder that the venue for our 'Coffee Chat' event on the 26th and 27th September 2018 will be held at;

The Host Cafe
Saint Mary Aldermary
Watling Street
London EC4M 9BW

This is an informal event, held between 11 am and 2 pm. Please come along to ask or discuss in confidence, any work-related issues or concerns you may have with Annette Raitz, BAJ Solicitor and Matthew Myatt, BAJ General Secretary.

Again, we would like to invite members working at Canary Wharf, who may not be able to get across town to this event due to time restrictions, the opportunity to chat with Annette and Matthew in one of the lower ground floor coffee shops at One Canada Square. If you would like to meet with us on Thursday 27th later in the afternoon, please make contact asap so we can make arrangements to meet with you.
Matthew at the Office Matthew at the Office from London wrote on 22/02/2017 at 4:35 pm:
Can anyone help with the request that came in by email today;- Hello, I am a journalism student at the City University of London currently working on a research project concerning the future of the British press. I was wondering if anyone from BAJ could be interested in contributing to my research by answering some questions on the current and future state of the British press. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Torbjoern Joerstad 0739 3112 574 torbjorn.jorstad@gmail.com
Can anyone help with the request that came in by email today;-

Hello,

I am a journalism student at the City University of London currently working on a research project concerning the future of the British press.

I was wondering if anyone from BAJ could be interested in contributing to my research by answering some questions on the current and future state of the British press.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Torbjoern Joerstad
0739 3112 574
torbjorn.jorstad@gmail.com
Matt Quinn Matt Quinn from Edinburgh wrote on 22/02/2017 at 10:14 am:
Further to Matthew Myatt's response to my earlier post... My dear friend, your points are of course well made and received. The main thrust of mine though is that passion and belief are not a currency with which one might put a roof over the family's head... The union cannot afford someone who claims expenses for travelling between (say) Newcastle or Edinburgh and London two or three times a week, not that his is on offer anyway. Nor can it provide a London flat for the incumbent. Therefore the only people who can afford to put themselves forward are either already London based, or of that elite which has an considerable independent income. This forces the reality upon us that only a privileged few are in a position to apply at all. My next question then is how representative are they of the membership's overall socio-economic and geographical spread?
Further to Matthew Myatt's response to my earlier post...

My dear friend, your points are of course well made and received. The main thrust of mine though is that passion and belief are not a currency with which one might put a roof over the family's head...

The union cannot afford someone who claims expenses for travelling between (say) Newcastle or Edinburgh and London two or three times a week, not that his is on offer anyway. Nor can it provide a London flat for the incumbent.

Therefore the only people who can afford to put themselves forward are either already London based, or of that elite which has an considerable independent income.

This forces the reality upon us that only a privileged few are in a position to apply at all. My next question then is how representative are they of the membership's overall socio-economic and geographical spread?
Admin Reply by: Matthew Myatt
Would the same not apply if the role was say based in Edinburgh or Cardiff? The office needs to be somewhere Matt. The demographic of the union is very much SE England currently, in part due to historical reasons and the nature of the union, but I do hope that as we move forward, we can attract more members from the wider UK. At that point, perhaps the need to have regional offices could be discussed.
Would the same not apply if the role was say based in Edinburgh or Cardiff? The office needs to be somewhere Matt. The demographic of the union is very much SE England currently, in part due to historical reasons and the nature of the union, but I do hope that as we move forward, we can attract more members from the wider UK. At that point, perhaps the need to have regional offices could be discussed.
Joani Walsh Joani Walsh from London wrote on 21/02/2017 at 3:31 pm:
Isn't it the case, though, that Matthew doesn't actually want to continue...?
Isn't it the case, though, that Matthew doesn't actually want to continue...?
Admin Reply by: Matthew Myatt
The role of Acting General Secretary was a temporary one to provide cover while Janet was unwell. Now that Janet has stepped down, BAJ rules state we must elect a new General Secretary and the post of Acting General Secretary will cease. I am therefore not able to continue in the role of Act Gen Sec. past the 31st March 2017. All qualifying BAJ members are invited to apply for the vacant General Secretary post and have until the 28th February to consider putting themselves forward for the position. The NEC will then decide which candidates are best qualified to lead the BAJ and a ballot of the membership will take place if two or more candidates are found to be suitable. I hope this clarifies matters.
The role of Acting General Secretary was a temporary one to provide cover while Janet was unwell. Now that Janet has stepped down, BAJ rules state we must elect a new General Secretary and the post of Acting General Secretary will cease. I am therefore not able to continue in the role of Act Gen Sec. past the 31st March 2017. All qualifying BAJ members are invited to apply for the vacant General Secretary post and have until the 28th February to consider putting themselves forward for the position. The NEC will then decide which candidates are best qualified to lead the BAJ and a ballot of the membership will take place if two or more candidates are found to be suitable. I hope this clarifies matters.
Matt Quinn Matt Quinn from Edinburgh wrote on 20/02/2017 at 11:25 pm:
I cannot imagine there are many whom might deny that Matthew has done an excellent job... If he makes a choice to stand then, that will be a splendid thing. - But in the event he doesn't (or feels he cannot – an entirely honourable, upright and understandable position) we are limited to those living in (or willing to relocate to) London of good heart and modest appetite. - Rare beast's methinks. Which is a problem? Again… The job is very challenging. It's rather more than a full-time post with only very modest remuneration. Many who might be capable of taking up the challenge simply can't. It's not a case of just agreeing Matthew is an excellent fellow, giving the nod to the status quo and returning to our 'virtual' Brandy and cigars.
I cannot imagine there are many whom might deny that Matthew has done an excellent job... If he makes a choice to stand then, that will be a splendid thing. - But in the event he doesn't (or feels he cannot – an entirely honourable, upright and understandable position) we are limited to those living in (or willing to relocate to) London of good heart and modest appetite. - Rare beast's methinks. Which is a problem? Again… The job is very challenging. It's rather more than a full-time post with only very modest remuneration. Many who might be capable of taking up the challenge simply can't. It's not a case of just agreeing Matthew is an excellent fellow, giving the nod to the status quo and returning to our 'virtual' Brandy and cigars.
Admin Reply by: Matthew Myatt
Dear Matt Quinn. Thank you for the kind comment. While I do agree that the remuneration for the role is small by comparison to other jobs, London based and in this sector, the Union has for many years been run on a shoestring to ensure that its membership benefits from the lowest possible subscription fees. The job of General Secretary, challenging as you rightly point out, is more a situation of passion and believe in the what the union stands for and means to its members in time of need rather than that of financial reward.
Dear Matt Quinn. Thank you for the kind comment. While I do agree that the remuneration for the role is small by comparison to other jobs, London based and in this sector, the Union has for many years been run on a shoestring to ensure that its membership benefits from the lowest possible subscription fees. The job of General Secretary, challenging as you rightly point out, is more a situation of passion and believe in the what the union stands for and means to its members in time of need rather than that of financial reward.
Isabelle Grote Isabelle Grote from Colton wrote on 20/02/2017 at 6:36 pm:
Totally agree with Monica and Andy. I think with Matthew Myatt we're in pretty good hands.
Totally agree with Monica and Andy. I think with Matthew Myatt we're in pretty good hands.
Monica Cafferky Monica Cafferky from Yorkshire wrote on 20/02/2017 at 5:58 pm:
I agree with Andy, Matthew Myatt has done a fantastic job and moved the union forward during a difficult time.
I agree with Andy, Matthew Myatt has done a fantastic job and moved the union forward during a difficult time.
Matt Quinn Matt Quinn from Edinburgh wrote on 16/02/2017 at 10:45 pm:
Part of the difficulty I see in recruiting a new General Secretary Andy is that the job all of onerous is London based and modestly paid. - as for myself, I couldn't afford to relocate and uproot my family on that money.
Part of the difficulty I see in recruiting a new General Secretary Andy is that the job all of onerous is London based and modestly paid. - as for myself, I couldn't afford to relocate and uproot my family on that money.
Andy Andy from Southampton wrote on 16/02/2017 at 9:14 pm:
Very concerned about the upcoming election and feel BAJ could allow a nomination system, and if so I'd nominate Matthew Myatt, he's done a sterling job holding the fort as Acting Gen Sec up to now, and his vision is what this union needs. Matt, please put yourself forward, and I hope anyone who agrees will submit a similar comment.
Very concerned about the upcoming election and feel BAJ could allow a nomination system, and if so I'd nominate Matthew Myatt, he's done a sterling job holding the fort as Acting Gen Sec up to now, and his vision is what this union needs. Matt, please put yourself forward, and I hope anyone who agrees will submit a similar comment.
Matthew Myatt Matthew Myatt from London wrote on 16/02/2017 at 7:53 pm:
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