IAPTI’s tribute to NRPSI
The IAPTI Board has decided to hold its first international conference
in London, UK.
Why the UK? We decided to pay tribute to the group of courageous interpreters
who, against all tides, have been resisting the agreement between the UK’s
Ministry of Justice and Capita Translation and Interpreting (formerly known as
Applied Language Solutions), a company paying sub-standard rates for language
professionals working as interpreters for the police and the courts.
This agreement was one of the most shameful insults to our profession:
the Ministry of Justice decided to spoil a full-fledged system of individual
professional court interpreters and cut down on costs by granting a legal
monopoly on the provision of these services to Capita. This company, in turn,
in¬tended to cut on interpreters’ rates by more than half.
Interpreters affected by this measure have been resisting and refusing
to sell their services for peanuts since 2010. Some of them have even left the
profession, which is extremely sad. But these brave actions have served to
place interpreters and their work in the spotlight. They are fighting for their
profession and we have been supporting them from the beginning.
This is not an easy moment for UK interpreters, but we will be there to
support them. Will you join us? This first IAPTI international conference will
feature exciting presentations on interesting topics for translators and
interpreters such as professional marketing, branding, language, ethics, new
trends in social media, and much more. All of this will be made in tribute to
the UK interpreters.
Please note: as part of IAPTI’s tribute to UK interpreters, NRPSI
members are paying a special fee, the same as IAPTI’s members.
More information here: http://www.iapti.org/conferenceUK/