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Questions frequently asked about joining the NUJ

Q. Why should I join?
Q. I work for a book publisher - am I eligible to join?
Q. What if this isn't my only job?
Q. How much will it cost?
Q. How do I join?
Q. What if I can't find a proposer or seconder?
Q. What if we haven't answered your question?

Q. Why should I join?
A. The NUJ is committed to providing protection at work, improvements in pay and conditions, a free legal advice service, expert advice on copyright issues, a national press card scheme and first class vocational and trade union training, as well as campaigning on employment rights, health and safety issues, and press and broadcasting freedom. The union also provides an excellent membership benefits package.
Q. I work for a book publisher - am I eligible to join the NUJ?
A. The NUJ represents writers, editors, photographers, illustrators, designers, and editorial, production, marketing, advertising and systems staff working editorially in book and electronic publishing. However, because the NUJ's membership is defined by what you do rather than who you work for, not all book workers are eligible. If in doubt contact our membership secretary.
Q. What if this isn't my only job?
A. To qualify for membership, more than 50% of your income must come from journalism which, by definition, includes all the jobs listed above.
Q. How much will it cost?
A. Book workers pay a maximum of £12.84 per month. If you earn less than £15,400 per year then you pay less. For details see the contributions calculator. A small increase, effective 1 March 2010, was decided at ADM 2009.
Q. How do I join?
A. You can download an application form from the official NUJ Site though it is not currently possible to apply for membership on-line. If you work for a company with an NUJ chapel (workplace Branch), contact the MoC or FoC (Mother or Father of Chapel) who should be able to sort out a proposer and seconder for you. If you are not sure whether there is a chapel at your workplace contact the membership secretary.
Q. What if I can't find a proposer or seconder?
A. Fill in the form and return it as usual. If the branch needs any more information to approve your membership we will contact you.
Q. What if we haven't answered your question?
A. Contact details for the branch and the Union are given on the contacts page. Please contact any of us more information.

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