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At the Nub, you’ll find the latest NUBSLI announcements, guest blogs and related interpreting and union information.
Roger Lewis tribute
23 November 2022
NUBSLI is sad to hear that Roger Lewis has died. Roger was a staunch supporter of NUBSLI and instrumental in its founding. Nicky Evans pays tribute.
Kathleen Hankinson, dedicated interpreter and ally to deaf communities, passes away
14 March 2022
Nicky Evans and Geraldine O’Halloran remember Kathleen – a friend, colleague and keen supporter of NUBSLI.
Access to Work isn’t working – a letter to Justin Tomlinson MP
21 July 2021
Since the start of 2021 it has become the norm for interpreters and translators to have to wait in excess of two months for payment, causing stress for them and frustration for Deaf claimants, who are having to take the time to chase up payments only to be told that they need to fill out and resubmit the paperwork. NUBSLI has written to Justin Tomlinson, Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work.
One year on from George Floyd’s murder: we need action
24 May 2021
This is a critical time for both Black Lives Matter and the Trade Union movements. We need to step up, stand up & speak out. We need to show our abhorrence to racism. Take the Knee on Tuesday 25th May and share photo or video evidence via social media at 6pm
NUBSLI’s Equality Policy
2 March 2021
NUBSLI is firmly committed to equality in its branch of Unite and actively opposes discrimination and prejudice. We have produced an Equalities Policy as part of our commitment to social change and equality.
Learning in lockdown: issues facing trainee interpreters and translators during the pandemic
27 January 2021
Trainee interpreters and translators are facing challenges during the pandemic that might prevent them from progressing to qualification. NUBSLI’s Trainee Action Group provides recommendations to support trainees to become qualified practitioners.
Template response to Clarion re DSA funded bookings
25 January 2021
NUBSLI have been made aware that interpreters and translators are being asked to reduce their fees for DSA-funded bookings. We encourage members as well as those who aren’t NUBSLI members to use our template letter to respond to Clarion UK as a matter of urgency.
Interpreting myth: if I charge less, the saving gets passed on to the customer
24 November 2020
Have you found yourself saying: “It helps the deaf person if I work for less”. Or commented that “the agency told me their budget could only go up to £X”. Our latest Nub takes a look at the need for access to be treated as a core business cost and budgeted for accordingly.
17 November 2020
What is Disaster Capitalism and why should we worry about its effect on BSL interpreting and translation provision? Our latest Nub explains.
We need an alternative model – we need Signalise!
19 October 2020
Signalise is a new co-operative, run by its members, that promises to revolutionise how interpreting services are provided. Read more about what it will do and how you can get involved.
#WhereIsTheInterpreter – open letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson
6 October 2020
NUBSLI supports the #WhereIsTheInterpreter campaign and has sent an open letter to Prime Minister Johnson urging him to ensure deaf people have access to government addresses in BSL during the pandemic.
Moving out of lockdown; NUBSLI’s position on fees and terms and conditions
11 August 2020
The increase in remote interpreting during the COVID-19 lockdown was necessary. However, as lockdown eases, it should not be used to deny deaf people access to in person interpreting services or to decrease interpreters’ fees or terms and conditions, as our Nub explains.