National Union of British Sign Language Interpreters

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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.


NUBSLI has been working hard for its members and for the interpreting profession. Find out what we’ve been doing, and plan on doing, during the year ahead.

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On 6 May 2014 information about a national framework agreement was advertised by the Cabinet Office. Its aim is to bring together various framework agreements for interpreting and translation and it has the potential to hugely impact on interpreters’ terms and conditions.

A union and a professional association support you and your profession in different ways. In these uncertain times for interpreting, a Union can provide powerful support for interpreters.

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In protecting our terms and conditions and rates of pay, we are ensuring that deaf people are able to access fully qualified and suitable skilled professionals. Our profession, like many others, is under threat from government cuts. BSL interpreters are predominately funded by government in areas such as health, police, courts and workplace support.

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