The NUJ represents journalists working in all media across Scotland. Issues range from collective bargaining on pay and conditions; individual grievance and disciplinary cases; contracts; copyright and redundancies.
The Union has an office in Glasgow and a team of staff.
NUJ Scotland is responsible for collective bargaining, particularly pay negotiations, working with the group chapels. It also helps members with individual representation including assistance with grievances and support in disciplinary cases or tribunals.
The Scottish office has developed specific training programmes which aim to raise the skills levels of members to meet the demands of the industry. The full range of courses and training offered in Scotland can be found on NUJ Training Scotland.
There are a range of agreements to be negotiated every year with media companies but also individual contracts for freelances and PR staff.
The union provides support to active branches across Scotland and supports campaigns initiated through the Scottish Executive Council.
The union covers from the Borders to the Highlands and Islands as well as the far-flung islands of Orkney and Shetland.
Across the central belt, including Lanarkshire and Ayrshire and down to the Borders, the main employers are weekly newspapers.
The union has campaigned to highlight stress and trauma in newsrooms, with a number of chapels carrying out health and safety surveys, along with academic backing from members. We’re using this information to ensure that employers give our members the support they need.
The NUJ’s Scottish office engages in a range of political work that includes constructive relationships with the STUC and Scottish Committee of the Federation of Entertainment Unions. We hold regular meetings with MPs and MSPs to discuss issues affecting our industry including ethics, training and health and safety.
If you are a journalist working in Scotland and you're not a member yet, then join the NUJ.