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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.

Kathleen Hankinson photo

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.

tin of baked beans

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


An interpreter tells us about their experience of working multiple health bookings in one day.


LanguageLine, who have retained and won interpreting contracts in Sheffield, have informed interpreters that they are to face around a 30% reduction in their pay.

anonymous interpreter

I am a BSL/English interpreter living and working in Yorkshire. I have a house, a partner and a cat. My favourite colour is green and I am particularly fond of biscuits. I am an interpreter, but I am also a human being.

image of voting

Some members have been asking whether they are eligible to vote in the Labour leadership election. If you’re a member who is also a Labour supporter, here’s a guide on what you need to do to vote.


NUBSLI is pleased to announce that our report: Survey of BSL/English Interpreters’ Working Conditions (2015-2016) is now available.


Interpreters have been receiving the following email from Pearl Linguistics. The tone and level of unprofessionalism is causing concern.


Language Line Solutions have emailed interpreters informing them they will no longer pay minimum 3 hour booking times, citing new framework agreements as the reason. Read NUBSLI’s response.

23 june 2016 vote remain

On 23rd June, you will be asked to vote on whether you think the UK is better off IN or OUT of the European Union. Unite the Union has taken two major votes to agree its position on Europe and is now asking all branches to share this information with their members.


We’re proud to announce the launch of our Freelance Interpreter Guidance. The pack is full of information to help both new and more established BSL/English interpreters work as a freelancer.

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