NJ works for journalists - journalists work for us all
NJ works to ensure that journalists have the salary, working hours, benefits and welfare schemes to give them sufficient energy and willpower to do the important journalistic work every democracy relies on.
NJ negotiates collective agreements with all the major employers in the media, as well as many of the small ones. National and local newspapers, online newspapers, radio, TV, magazines and periodicals – NJ is where journalists are. In addition, many NJ chapters negotiate pay increases and better working conditions locally.
Time is money
Journalists are at work around the clock. That should be reflected in their pay checks – as should overtime work. All NJ’s collective agreements provide better overtime premiums than the law requires. The complexity of modern-day society and a faster pace of life are making greater demands on our members, and the level of pay must reflect that trend.
The collective agreements also contain rules on working conditions. The journalism profession is demanding, and ever since the Norwegian Union of Journalists was founded in 1946, we have worked to achieve and retain extra days off/spare time for our members.
Security means freedom
Protection against unfair dismissal, entitlement to leave of absence, and the provision of pension schemes, are other examples of working conditions that NJ strives to improve. We were one of the first trade unions in Norway to call for collectively agreed occupational pension schemes. Now we have such agreements in all the major collective areas.
NJ has also been first in the fight for welfare schemes such as full pay during illness and good maternity and parental leave conditions.
As the authors and originators of creative work, journalists have statutory financial and moral rights to their products. NJ concludes agreements with employers regarding the financial income from intellectual property.
These rights include the right to be named as the originator and protection against any offensive use or exploitation of the products. The originator will always own the moral rights to the work, even when it is utilised by others. NJ works on the national and international level to defend author’s rights.