If you’re an NUJ member, there are lots of ways to get help or make your voice heard.

Emergency Contact details

The NUJ has a legal department which can be contacted during office hours on 020 8743 3700 or at

In an emergency, call 0800 587 7530.

Problems with the police ? Show your press card immediately; keep calm and do not physically resist. Record/film or make notes if you can and get police and witness details.

Edinburgh Freelance Branch

Branches and chapels are the grassroots of the NUJ. All members are assigned to a branch or chapel, which are normally the first point of contact for members.  The NUJ in Scotland has around 2,500 members, and around 180 are in Edinburgh Freelance Branch.

Edinburgh Freelance Branch is your best contact for getting involved with the union and meeting other members. See About the branch

NUJ Scotland

For problems while working, the NUJ’s Scottish Office can be contacted on 0141 248 6648 or

Scottish Executive Council

The Scottish Executive Council (SEC) meets around four times a year, and is made up of elected members from around Scotland who advise the Scottish Office. The SEC includes representatives of all branches and chapels in Scotland, as well as three freelance representatives.

National Executive Council

The National Executive is the highest elected body in the union. There are two members representing Scottish members, as well a Freelance sector representative.