We tend to think of architects as professionals rather than workers. Architects design, create, delegate, follow a special calling. Still, they’re not often seen as “working for a living,” and they’re certainly not much like the workers who construct or extract the resources for the buildings they design.

And yet, architectural work in the twenty-first century has become ever more precarious. As with other white-collar workers, architects are becoming increasingly accustomed to short-term contracts, overtime without pay, and other traditional hallmarks of exploited labour.

The podcast Architects Unionise! from Failed Architecture (FA) jointly produced by NUJ Netherlands' member Charlie Clemoes discusses this new reality.

For more information and to listen to the podcast.

 

 

 

NUJ member Jens Anders Wejsmark Sorensen, who we interviewed earlier, offered the following self-publishing tips at a recent branch meeting. You can contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

GET THE RIGHT TOOLS

  • Scrivener (/ˈskrɪvənər/) is a word-processing program and outliner designed for authors that provides a management system for documents, notes and metadata (€ 52)
  • Grammarly is an online grammar checking, spell checking, and plagiarism detection platform (€ 120/year)
  • Oxford Dictionary of English / Oxford Thesaurus of English.

 

GET YOUR BOOK EDITED

  • Scribendi – American editing and proof reading service (75.000 words / € 1,275)
  • Local editor (€ 1 per manuscript page / 70.000 words / 500 manuscript pages)

 

CONSIDER YOUR BOOK COVER DESIGN CAREFULLY

  • Use Amazon free Cover Creator tool to design a cover for your eBook or paperback. The tool allows you to customize your cover with a variety of layouts and fonts. 
  • Get an illustrator to do it (€ 800)

 

GET A GOOD BOOK DISTRIBUTOR

 

GET YOUR OWN ISBN

  • ISBN - Reserved 100 numbers / € 12 per number (www.isbn.nl)

 

MARKET / PROMOTE YOUR BOOK

  • Launch
  • Reviews
  • Advertising social media
  • KDP University - Campaign manager

 

MAKE FRIENDS

  • Other authors and professionals in the writing community
  • With the booksellers
  • With your readers
  • Author workshops

 

BE REALISTIC

The self-publishing revolution has resulted in a flood of content on top of all of the books published by traditional publishers each year – so you most likely won’t sell millions of copies. Be thoughtful about what goals you set for yourself and your book and then put steps in place to achieve them. Success doesn’t happen overnight. It takes dedication and business savvy.

Photographers in the Nederlands Vereniging van Journalisten (NVJ) are planning their first ever strike action on 25 January in protest at the erosion of rates of pay since 2010.

They are calling for a 14% increase in tariffs in order to match inflation as rates have fallen from €80 a photo in 2014 to €50 in 2017, to €42 today with some rates as low as €15 to €20 for a photo.

The union is urging photographers to join the action. So far 100, including several famous and award-winning names, have pledged support.

According to  NVJ officer Rosa García López it would be the first time Dutch photojournalists have taken industrial action. "Within five to ten years, media will all be online. But if the online rates remain so low, photojournalism as we know will be finished," she says. "No one will be able to live from it."

The NVJ has written to six media companies urging talks on its grievances.

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On Wednesday two Dutch freelance journalists, backed by their union the Nederlandse Vereniging van Journalisten, will launch a legal test case in Amsterdam which, in theory, could change the face of Holland’s media.

Lawyers for the two freelancers, photographer Ruud Rogier and reporter Britt van Uem, will ask the judges to decide what is reasonable remuneration for their work for the media giant De Persgroep.

Based on their years of professional experience they will be asking for approximately €60 an hour as opposed to current rates which they estimate given the numbers of hours taken for a commission to be between €14 and €18 an hour.

It boils down to a single commission for a photographer earning €150 as opposed to €42 today. Any claim could be backdated to I July 2015 and would establish a rate for which other claims from media companies could be made.

As such it could have huge implications and is said to spark a debate in Dutch society over the value of freelance workers. Already there is talk of an appeal to the Supreme Court.

Come long to support the NVJ, and see a bit of labour history in the making, 09.00am Wednesday 3rd April, Amsterdam law court, Parnas building, report at reception in the Fred Roeskestraat.

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NUJ Netherlands member Marvin Hokstam, who is originally from the Caribbean, has been scrutinising the media coverage of the, often, heated debate around Zwarte Piet. He takes his perspective as a black journalist to tell some home truths about the so-called liberal society of today’s Netherlands.

Marvin has also been elected as a member of the NUJ’s Black Members Council, having been nominated by the branch last summer. He is taking his campaign against Zwarte Piet there too to raise awareness among our UK colleagues.

Members can be sure of our union’s position on race and equality by looking at our Code of Conduct, in particular article nine, stating journalists should produce “no material likely to lead to hatred or discrimination on the grounds of a person’s age, gender, race, colour, creed, legal status, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation”

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