National Union of British Sign Language Interpreters

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At the Nub, you’ll find the latest NUBSLI announcements, guest blogs and related interpreting and union information.

supervision meetings

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.

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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.

scrap the framework logo

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.

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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.

Gerard Coyne

In the last of our series, we put the same questions to candidate Gerard Coyne.

Len McCluskey

In the second of our Nub posts on Unite’s General Secretary election we hear from Unite’s current General Secretary, Len McCluskey.

Ian Allinson

Ian Allinson is a candidate in the election for Unite’s General Secretary. NUBSLI questioned him on what he would do to support our branch if he were to become General Secretary.

unite the union logo

Unite the union are holding an election for General Secretary. As a branch of Unite we will be deciding on our nominee and so to help members’ decide we asked each candidate to tell us what they would do for NUBSLI.

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Are you an interpreter employed by a company but think being part of a union isn’t important or relevant? One of our members explains how they benefited from NUBSLI support.

demo at languageline

For the first time in the history of our profession a protest was held outside the headquarters of LanguageLine Solutions in Canary Wharf, London.

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For many, she will need no introduction, for others we are delighted to introduce Kathleen Hankinson as not only NUBSLI’s first retired member but also our 400th member.

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Listen to our podcast or read our transcript to find out how this relates to BSL/English interpreters.

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