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  • Freelancing – A Quick guide on how your union can help

    20 November 2016
    English-speaking journalists working in the Netherlands are today highly likely to be self-employed. As such they are more vulnerable than ever to exploitation and changes in the labour market. Their need for protection from a trade union is therefore greater too. Here is a quick guide to how the NUJ helps freelance journalists. Remember you are not on your own. As an NUJ member, whatever your problem, your union is there to help you.
  • Whistleblowers need EU protection

    20 November 2016
    Whistleblowers often risk ending up paying a high price for disclosing information. Yet whistleblowing can be essential in bringing to light – for example – illegal activities, corruption, activities which are contrary to public interest and threats to public health and safety. Whistleblowing can save lives, the environment and money. On 17 October a platform calling for EU-wide whistleblower protection was launched.
  • Accreditation

    21 September 2016
    Reporters, photographers and in particular those who work freelance may be asked for proof that they are a genuine working journalist when covering events such as political demonstrations, government press conferences, court reporting and international events. Here is how your trade union can help plus some tips drawn from branch members’ experiences reporting the in Netherlands over 20 years.
  • Turkish crackdown on independent journalism

    17 August 2016
    In the wake of the failed coup in Turkey, journalists are being targeted by the government. The news changes daily but you can keep up by checking out or for the latest, including the closing of a pro-Kurdish newspaper, the call by the International Federation of Journalists for an end to the crackdown and the murder of journalist Wedat Hussein Ali.
  • Should freelancers be allowed to negotiate collectively?

    04 June 2016
    Collective bargaining by freelancers isn’t allowed under EU law – or is it? The International Labour Organisation is arguing that collective bargaining by vulnerable individuals shouldn’t be banned under anti-cartel legislation. Any decisions made in Ireland could apply to the Netherlands too.

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