Call to allow asylum seekers full NUJ rights

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ADM has called for the union's National Executive Council to allow asylum seekers full union membership while urging the union charities to make it possible for asylum seekers or refugees to have access to NUJ grants.

Exiled journalist Mansoor Hassan, who has worked unpaid as a journalist in the UK since 2002, said: "As a union you have always extended solidarity to me.

"You have always given your supportto all refugees seeking asylum during all ADMs and I'm sure that by passing this motion and extending your solidarity to us in the shape of full membership, it will enable journalists to carry on work which is unpaid because of the legislation from the Government.

"I have come to the ADM for the past three years as an observer — I hope that next year I can come as a delegate."

The motion also called on the NEC to campaign with the TUC for asylum seekers to have full status in other unions.

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