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#DM16: NUJ subscription rates

Barry McCall   -  © Paul Herrmann

16 April 2016

Future NUJ members should pay subscriptions based on what they are paid, conference decided today, though existing members can continue to have their union payments based on their current industrial sectors.

Barry McCall, chair of the NEC’s finance committee, pointed out when proposing the new subs system that  it was no longer possible to assume that journalists working in one sector earned more than those working in another.

Irish executive council chair Gerry Curran said the new system was based on what members earned, not how they earned it.


Speakers against the new system argued that while there was a need to change the union’s subscription system, the earnings-based alternative was also unfair as it stood.

New NUJ membership subscription rates:

  • Members earning up to £20,000 will pay £15 per month or €18 per month
  • Members earning between £20,000 to £29,000 will pay £18 per month or €23 per month
  • Members earning above £29,000 will pay £25 per month or €31 per month

The minimum rate of £10 per month for members earning up to £13,600 remains in place and no member should pay more than 1 per cent of their earnings in union subs if they don’t want to. 

The new earnings related rates apply to all new joiners and existing members who wish to change their rate. Existing members will not be compelled to move onto the earnings related structure. 

It is anticipated the new structure will not impact on the union's subscriptions income but over time it could aid recruitment and retention as it is a fairer system of payments based on earnings.

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