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National Organiser - NUJ

Job Description

Applications closed: 
May 7, 2024
Posted on: 
April 20, 2024

Based in the Head office of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), located in Central London, the National Organiser (Magazines, Books & Wales) will be responsible for the union’s magazines, books and Wales sectors.


Reporting to the NUJ General Secretary, this role will have primary industrial responsibility for:

  • Continuous liaison with and information-gathering from the union’s magazines, books and Welsh members, both collectively and individually, using the organisation of meetings, conferences, forums, emails, social media etc.
  • Recruiting and retaining magazines, books and Welsh journalists across the union.  
  • Planning and tailoring recruitment strategies, working with lay reps and activists to establish and organise chapels in consultation with Magazines & Books Industrial Council (MABIC) and Welsh Executive Council (WEC) and other organisations.
  • Negotiating collective agreements, pay claims and representing the interests of Magazine, Books and Welsh members, in co-operation with other officials.
  • Organising and co-ordinating the advice and information services to individual members, including telephone advice services, routine circulation of information, and to assist with representation and negotiations for individual members, where necessary.
  • Providing comprehensive written reports, updating on industrial and workplace issues to the union's Welsh Executive Council (WEC) and National Executive Council (NEC).
  • Servicing of the union’s elected Magazines & Books Industrial Council (MABIC) and Welsh Executive Council (WEC) and other committees, councils or group chapels as directed by the General Secretary – the National organiser should work to identify issues facing its members, as they arise, and develop strategies and responses.  Attending branch, chapel and other daytime or evening meetings as required.
  • Liaison with the Welsh government and Senedd and conducting policy work through the oversight of the General Secretary and the NUJ Policy Committee / NEC, in liaison with the Campaigns and Communications department.
  • Lobbying and campaigning at national and European level on key policy issues affecting magazines, Books and Welsh Journalists e.g., taxation policy, legal protection for self-employed workers, starting salaries within publishing etc.
  • Liaising on all of the above issues with other NUJ sectors and their organisers and with the Scottish, Irish and Northern offices of the NUJ.
  • Liaising on all key issues with other media unions and organisations.
  • Abiding by all NUJ policies, in particular, those addressing equality and ethical issues.
  • Undertaking other duties as directed by the General Secretary or, in their absence, to the Assistant General Secretary.

Job Requirements

If you would like to apply for this role, please complete the application form and send along with the following:

Up-to-date CV, signed GDPR form, covering email to explaining why you feel that you satisfy the criteria and would be able to demonstrate your suitability for the role.

Deadline for receipt of applications is noon, Tuesday 7th May 2024.

Interviews will be on Friday 24th May 2024.

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