Guardian & Observer chapel branch of the
National Union of Journalists


In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed:
they must be fit for it; they must not do too much of it; and they must have a sense of success in it.

John Ruskin, author, art critic, and social reformer (1819-1900)

Reasons to join the NUJ


There is less chance for discrimination in a unionised workplace.

Health and safety

Union reps have powers to ensure the risks of injury or ill-health are reduced or eliminated at work.

Legal support

Every year the NUJ helps hundreds of members win damages from employers and clients.

More pay and holidays

The union helps improve pay rates and get more annual leave.

Press freedom

The union defends press freedom when it comes under threat.


The NUJ has its own code of conduct and support services for members.


The union provides training for members.

The NUJ is an independent trade union and has been representing journalists throughout the media industry for over 100 years.

The union is a democratic, member led grass roots organisation – it is our members in workplace chapels and branches who shape union policy and direct priorities.

A strong union is good for workers and good for business.