National Union of British Sign Language Interpreters

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Are you concerned about the future of your profession and the effects that changes to interpreting and translation provision will have on the Deaf community?

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We are about to see the largest change to interpreting service provision for Deaf people in the UK for many years which could cause lasting damage to the Deaf community.


Today sees the release of the findings of the Work & Pensions Select Committee into Access to Work. Find out some of the key recommendations and NUBSLI’s view on the Committee’s findings.


With the changes and cuts to Access to Work as well as the new National Framework Agreement happening, it is important to understand the wider political situation that is influencing these changes and learn what you can do about it.


NUBSLI believes that establishing fee guidance for interpreters and translators is an important step in safeguarding the profession and ensuring that the deaf community continue to have access to highly trained and skilled professionals.

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On 18 October 2014, around 100,000 people marched to protest against low pay, insecure jobs and rising costs. Unite the Union led the way in the march and, as one of its newest branches, NUBSLI was there representing its British Sign Language/English Interpreters and Translators.
Read why Adam Archer felt compelled to join the march.

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If you’re an interpreter or translator you most likely have been affected by changes to Access to Work or probably will be affected by the new national framework agreement due in February 2015.
You’ve probably also heard about NUBSLI, which is why you’re here. It’s very important that interpreters work together to protect each other and the future of our profession.
Read why Nicky Evans feels that you can do this by joining NUBSLI


Want to know more about the changes that will affect you?
NUBSLI already represents around 20% of qualified and trainee BSL interpreters and translators in the UK and membership is increasing daily. No other profession can boast such a strongly supported union in only a few months. Find out why by joining us in a friendly, informal and informative session.


NUBSLI has great concerns about the new National Framework Agreement due to start in January 2015.
The agreement will cover interpeting in the DWP, NHS Trusts and Ministry of Justice. Find out how it will affect you.


We are pleased to announce that NUPIT, the National Union of Professional Interpreters and Translators, has agreed to be a sister branch of NUBSLI.

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It’s been a little more than 3 months since NUBSLI was established. We’re happy to welcome our 100th member to NUBSLI and to mark the event we have an interview with the member, Lyn Chase.


NUBSLI recently balloted its members on a proposal to change its membership criteria to allow trainee interpreters and translators to join its branch of Unite.

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