The industry has never needed an active and strong union as much as it does now. Designed to provide support to chapel representatives and individual members the site will improve communications from the NUJ Scottish office to members, campaign on day to day issues, promote training and will host a secure forum for F/MoCs and officials.
News and campaign pages will provide advice and inspire members to work within the union to fight for quality journalism, decent pay and health and safety, host messages of support from our political supporters and other unions.
Employers who shaft our members will be exposed and bosses who are as vindictive as they are incompetent will be exposed. However the NUJ will also engage with progressive people who are interested in promoting and advancing the future of journalism.
Protecting good journalists means protecting good journalism and this site will be driven with that aim.
The NUJ represents journalists working in all media across Scotland. Three officials and a secretary run the Scottish office providing support to over 3500 members. Issues range from collective bargaining on pay and conditions; individual grievance and disciplinary cases; contracts; copyright and of course redundancies.
NUJ Scotland will also continue to deliver quality training and influence the academic world in raising standards and promoting ethics.
Key employers of staff and freelances include BBC Scotland, Scottish Television, Daily Record & Sunday Mail (Trinity), Newsquest (Herald & Times), Scotsman Publications (Johnston Press), Daily Mail, Daily Express, Metro, Sunday Post, Chambers Harrap and Harper Collins, as well as a number of radio stations and weekly groups such as S&UN, Johnston Press, Scottish Provincial Press and Clyde & Forth.
The officers cover 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 office in 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 in the training section of this site. There are a range of agreements to be negotiated every year with most of the companies named above but also individual contracts for freelances and PR staff. The office also provides support to active branches across Scotland and servicing campaigns initiated through the Scottish Executive Council.
A recent campaign included a profile drive 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 also engages in a range of political work. This 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 click here.