NUJ subscription rates increase
12 March 2010
Members' subscriptions to the NUJ are going up this month – by between 8p and 15p a week. It's the first increase in subs in more than two years.
The decision was taken by lay delegates to the NUJ's annual conference last November and the rise took effect from 1 March.
Jeremy Dear, NUJ general secretary, said:
"Nobody likes an increase in subscriptions, but this small increase is unavoidable if we are to keep the union financially healthy. We've worked hard to reduce running costs, and our staff volunteered to seek no pay rise as a much-appreciated contribution to the secure running of the NUJ, so it can continue to help and support those fighting for jobs, defending their terms and conditions and advancing journalistic standards.
"The union is fully aware of the pressures on everyone's finances at the moment, but NUJ subscriptions still represent tremendous value for money: last year the union secured more than £3m for staff and freelance members who were unfairly treated at work, saved jobs and secured improved redundancy terms. And it remains true that, in unionised workplaces, workers earn 12.5 per cent more than in non-unionised workplaces."
The new grades are as follows:
- Grade 1: £12.84 pm / €17.18 RoI
Provincial newspapers, books, magazines outside London, independent local radio and those employed outside the UK and Irish Republic.
- Grade 2: £16.27 pm / €21.85 RoI
Press and public relations, magazines, freelances and advertising copywriters.
- Grade 3: £22.31 pm / €29.23 RoI
National Newspapers, news agencies and broadcasting.