JOURNALISM: National World strike at 19 weekly newspapers plus The Scotsman

By Democrat reporter

Members of the National Union of Journalists in Scotland who work at The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, Edinburgh Evening News as well as 19 weekly titles, including the Falkirk Herald, Fife Free Press and the Southern Reporter, are continuing to take industrial action over the pay offer imposed on them by their employer.

Monday September 25th will mark their third day of strike action, and our members are also working an indefinite period of work to rule.

This action includes around 330 journalists working at the National World titles across the UK, who are experiencing low morale, financial hardship and fears over job security at a time when the publisher has £22 million in cash reserves.

In Scotland there will be a picket line at the Scotsman offices at 80 George Street, Edinburgh, on Monday 25th September from 9.30am to 11.30am and all members are welcome to join us.

More information is here: and messages of support can be sent to and nujscotland@nuj,, or on social media with #NationalWorldStrike.

New organiser at the NUJ’s Scottish Office

Andy Curry has joined the Glasgow Office to support Nick in his role of National Organiser. Andy is an experienced official who has worked with the NASUWT Teachers Union, recently supporting NASUWT members with collective and individual disputes both in England and Scotland. Prior to his time at NASUWT, he worked for the British Medical Association, supporting the junior doctors through their first national strike. Originally from Belfast, he’s delighted to be spending more time in his adopted home of Glasgow and looking forward to his role advancing the interests of NUJ members.

Freedom of Information (Scotland)

The NUJ’s Scottish Office is continuing to gather information to lobby for reform of the current Freedom of Information legislation legislation in Scotland, and we want to hear from the experiences of all members on how well – or not – the legislation is working in practice.

If you would like to be contacted to share your experiences, then please reply to this email, or email directly.

NUJ Scotland Training Courses

Our upcoming training courses for Autumn/Winter include:

  • The Effective Freelance,
  • Interviewing skills,
  • Law for journalists in Scotland,
  • Search Engine Optimisation,
  • Script-writing,
  • Creative Writing with Psychotherapeutic Intervention,
  • PR & Comms,
  • Remote Multi-media reporting,
  • Film & photography with Drones,
  • Special Effects for film and photography,
  • Adobe Photoshop introduction,
  • Writing for the web,
  • All you need to know to be a great news writer,
  • Introduction to Sports Journalism,
  • Feature writing and pitching,
  • How to be a columnist,
  • Podcasting,
  • Presenting for radio and podcast,
  • Social Media advanced,
  • e Publishing,
  • Climate emergency training for journalists,
  • InDesign introduction,
  • Data Visualisation,
  • Filming & editing for iDevices,
  • WordPress.

For more information about the courses, contact Joan Macdonald at

STUC Black History Month Lecture

The STUC’s Black History Month Lecture will be on Friday 6th October at 6pm, at the STUC, Glasgow on the theme of “Decolonisation, Reparations and Justice” and will be led by Irene Mosota FRSA.

Entry is free and registration is here:

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