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The NUJ can help, no matter where you are

The union has representatives in every area where our members live and work. This ensures every member gets the best support, assistance and union representation at local and national level.

Not a member?

Every worker is entitled to be a member of a trade union. Your right to join a union does not depend on your job title or where you work.

If you are not an NUJ member, have a look at the application section of the union's website to find out whether you are eligible.

If you do not meet the criteria for NUJ membership, but want to join a union, the Trades Union Congress (TUC), which represents most of the UK's organised workers, can help you. Fill out the TUC's online application form and find the right union for you.

NUJ chapels: a voice in every workplace

Local NUJ chapels play a vital role in helping you at work. Wherever there are three or more NUJ members in a workplace, a chapel can be formed.

Many NUJ members who work for different titles, programmes or stations, but are employed by the same parent company, can join group chapels. For example, the NUJ has group chapels in regional newspaper companies, which include Newsquest and Trinity Mirror, and at other media organisations, including Pearson, the BBC and ITV.

If you are a member and you are not sure if there is a chapel where you work, or you would like to establish an NUJ chapel, email:

The NUJ has more than 1,000 chapels and the following list contains just some of them.

Examples of companies which have NUJ chapels and group chapels include:

  • Newsquest
  • Aol.
  • Guardian and Observer
  • Random House
  • Scotsman
  • Irish Times
  • Daily and Sunday Telegraph
  • Belfast Telegraph
  • Greenock Telegraph
  • Morning Star
  • Daily Record
  • Irish Independent
  • Racing Post
  • South Wales Argus
  • Limerick Leader
  • Surrey Advertiser
  • Trinity Mirror
  • RTÉ
  • Southern Daily Echo
  • Portsmouth News
  • Stirling Observer
  • Westmorland Gazette
  • STV
  • South Wales Argus
  • Financial Times
  • Wigan Evening Post
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Johnston Press
  • ITV
  • Press Association
  • Agence France-Presse (AFP)
  • Associated Press
  • Penguin/DK
  • Connacht Tribune
  • HarperCollins
  • LexisNexis
  • Irish News
  • ITN
  • Taylor & Francis
  • Pluto Press
  • Time Out
  • Macmillan Nature
  • Herald and Times
  • Inverness Courier
  • Clare Champion
  • Which?
  • Reed Business Information
  • South Wales Evening Post
  • Daily Record and Sunday Mail
  • Red Bee Media
  • Public and Commercial Services union
  • Durrants
  • Usborne
  • MEN Media
  • Derry Journal

If you are a member and want to check if you have a chapel, email:

Chapels are run by NUJ volunteers who give up their time and energy to help other members.

If you need help from the NUJ, contact your local chapel representatives in the first instance.

NUJ branches

You can contact your local NUJ branch if you have a query or problem. Branches are groups of members organised geographicaly but some branches are also specific to one media sector. Freelance members who are not chapel members are encouraged to contact their local branch for assistance.

Branches offer support, advice, resources and expertise for all members.

View the list of all NUJ branches.

Get contact details for your local NUJ branch (members only).

If you would like to set up a branch, get in touch with the union by email:

Branches, like chapels, are run by volunteers.

Freelance members

Freelance members who are not in a chapel or branch can obtain support, advice and assistance from other parts of the NUJ. The union has a freelance industrial council, freelance NEC representatives and a NUJ freelance office which work on behalf of its freelance members.

NUJ geographical representatives

The union's national executive council has the following geographically-based seats:

  • Continental Europe
  • East Anglia
  • London
  • Midlands
  • Northern Ireland
  • Yorshire and North-East England (includes the Humber)
  • North-West England
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Scotland
  • South-East England
  • South-West England
  • Wales

Find out more about your NEC representatives (members only).

NUJ offices: areas of responsibility

The NUJ Manchester office helps members based in the North-West, Midlands, Yorkshire and the North-East.

The NUJ London office assists members based in the South-East, South-West, East Anglia and London.

The NUJ in Scotland, Ireland and Wales provides support and assistance for members in these areas.

Find out the contact details for your nearest NUJ office.

Trades union councils

Trades union councils bring together different unions to work and campaign on issues affecting working people in their area.

They consist of trade unionists who live or work in a specific geographical area and provide the opportunity for local reps from different unions to discuss shared issues and concerns. Trades councils can also organise events and activities and offer support and assistance to local NUJ campaigns.

The NUJ encourages branches to affiliate to their local trades union council and every branch can send delegates to the trades union council's meetings.

Trades union councils aim to:

  • raise public awareness of rights at work and the unions' role in enforcing those rights
  • promote organising and recruitment drives to build union membership
  • support union and community campaigns to promote dignity and respect in the workplace and beyond

View this list of all UK trade councils.

View the list of all Irish trade councils.