NUJ policy is made by is the NUJ DELEGATE MEETING
, a representative body of all the Union's BRANCHES
around the UK, Ireland and continental Europe.
Delegates are elected by the branches, which are geographically and industrially based. Between conferences, responsibility for decisions lies in the hands of the NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
, a committee of 27 lay members elected annually to represent the NUJ's geographical and industrial sectors.
NEC and committee dates for 2011
NEC April 6, 7, 9 2011
Policy Committee May 12 2011
Development May 13 2011
Finance May 19 2011
NEC July 1, 2 2011
Policy Committee September 8 2011
Development September 9 2011
Finance September 15 2011
NEC October 14, 15 2011
Policy Committee November 17 2011
Development November 18 2011
Finance November 24 2011
The NEC is chaired by the PRESIDENT who is elected from the members of the executive by delegates to NUJ conference . A Vice-President and a Treasurer are also elected at NUJ conference.
Subject to the union's rule book, NUJ conference can instruct the NEC, which in turn can instruct the union's officials through the GENERAL SECRETARY
who directs them.
The General Secretary (GS), is elected every five years by a national ballot of all members. The GS is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Union, and directing the staff.
The Deputy General Secretary and the editor of the Journalist are also elected posts.
There is a range of national councils made up of lay members, reporting to the NEC, covering different areas of activity:
There is an INDUSTRIAL COUNCIL
for each of the NUJ's industrial sectors -- Newspapers and Agencies, Freelance, Magazine and Book, Broadcasting, Press and PR and new media.
There are also Executive Councils
, covering all sectors, for Ireland, Scotland Wales and Europe.
Members of Industrial Councils
are again elected every two years, by members within the relevant sectors.
NUJ conference also elects trustess of the union's charity NUJ Extra
, the members of the APPEALS TRIBUNAL
, which hears appeals by members disciplined under rule, and the conference's own STANDING ORDERS COMMITTEE
. It elects the NUJ's delegates to the Trades Union Congress, the International Federation of Journalists and other bodies.
At local level, all offices in BRANCHES
and CHAPELS are open to election by members. The chapel is the NUJ's workplace based organisation.