Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Drawing a 70% strike vote

Frank's third book. No one is safe!
Our favourite Scottish cartoonist, Frank Boyle, is joining forces with the NUJ’s BBC Scotland chapel tonight (12 December) to feature their dispute over the threat of compulsory redundancies, and his launch of a new book of cartoons. Frank is a prominent NUJ member himself and well-known for his regular cartoons in Edinburgh’s Evening News. He has also drawn for a number of TU papers (including Nalgo’s old Public Service for those as old as me!) and for specific campaigns - Friends of the Earth’s anti M74 campaign and UNISONScotland’s Public Works campaign amongst others. The cartoons in his new (third) book Boyling Point 2, are as sharp and witty as ever. 
The (re-)launch, tonight, in Glasgow’s Beer Cafe also features the NUJ’s campaign for the BBC. A recent vote for strike action drew an over 70% Yes vote, and , although an immediate redundancy  threat to Asian Network journalists has been resolved, there are still areas of the BBC (including BBC Scotland) where compulsory redundancies remain a real threat. More details on the dispute are here.

The event is open to NUJ members, friends and other trade unionists and is taking place from 6.30-8.00pm in the Beer Cafe in Glasgow’s Merchant Square (because, whisper it, Frank is based in Glasgow while drawing for the News over in Auld Reekie). Food and refreshments will be provided. Frank’s book will be available to buy there or can be ordered from It is priced at £8.99. A useful addition to anyone's Christmas present list!

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