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At the Nub, you’ll find the latest NUBSLI announcements, guest blogs and related interpreting and union information.
Government urged to address shortage of BSL/English interpreters
30 October 2017
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities commission has asked the UK government to address the shortage of interpreters. We explain how the use of frameworks are contributing to this shortage.
How hundreds of Finnish Sign Language interpreters lost their jobs overnight.
5 October 2017
The Finnish Government, to try and save money, is cutting the number of interpreters. On 20 September, hundreds of Sign Language interpreters in Finland found out they have in effect lost their jobs.
DWP market review of communication services – what you need to know
3 August 2017
Darren Townsend-Handscomb writes about the publication of the DWP’s market review of communication services report. Read about what was involved in this and how the report can be of benefit to you.
A win for BSL/English interpreters
26 July 2017
NUBSLI are delighted to announce the end to our boycott of LanguageLine Solutions. Sustainable fees, terms & conditions have now been agreed.
LanguageLine Solutions new offer for London interpreters
5 June 2017
LanguageLine attempt to entice interpreters back to their books by increasing their fee but this new offer still falls short of what is sustainable.
HMRC’s IR35 – what is it and does it affect you?
31 May 2017
IR35 – what is it and does it affect you as a freelance interpreter or translator? Listen/read our latest podcast to find out.
Supervision: an essential part of an interpreter’s professional career
18 May 2017
Supervision is a mandatory part of working life for most professionals, such as doctors, nurses, social workers and so on. It ensures they are better equipped to engage with their clients, and improves their professional practice. BSL/English interpreting should be the same.
NUBSLI chairperson interviewed on the DriveTime Show, Voice of Islam
11 April 2017
As part of their program on BSL, Raza and Nauman from DriveTime, Voice of Islam radio station, interviewed NUBSLI’s chairperson, Emma Lipton, about the challenges facing British Sign Language/English interpreters and how they affect the Deaf community.
Renewed calls to scrap government frameworks, as a leaked document from Pearl Linguistics confirms they are unworkable.
24 March 2017
NUBSLI has been campaigning against the use of national framework agreements as unworkable and detrimental to Deaf people and our profession. The demise of Pearl Linguistics confirms the race to the bottom.
Deaf patients access to NHS appointments at risk from failing contracts.
14 March 2017
Pearl Linguists recently went into liquidation. This will be of concern to the Deaf community who rely on interpreters to access their medical bookings. It also raises more questions about the use of framework agreements and the cuts being made to interpreters’ fees and terms & conditions.
NUBSLI speaks to Gerard Coyne
15 February 2017
In the last of our series, we put the same questions to candidate Gerard Coyne.
NUBSLI speaks to Len McCluskey
15 February 2017
In the second of our Nub posts on Unite’s General Secretary election we hear from Unite’s current General Secretary, Len McCluskey.