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7 Functions of the Nigeria Union of Journalists

Here in this post, we are going to list out and discuss 7 functions of the Nigerian union of journalists, laying out their roles and how it benefits its members.

The Nigeria Union of Journalists is a professional organization, where the practising professionals in journalism come together to advance the cause of its members.

In other words, the Nigeria Union of Journalists was founded to advance the interests of its members through the promotion and protection of the Union cause.

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Although the protection and promotion of members’ interests remained paramount, the Nigeria Union of Journalists also has a mandate of supervising and monitoring and regulating conducts of its members and the activities of the professional body.

Having said that, what gives the Nigeria Union of Journalists its strengths is the diverse membership of the Union. There is a possibility that, just like any other professional organization, discrimination among members could come to play, in terms of gender and ethnic and origin and age and sometimes, disability.

But the Nigeria Union of Journalists strongly opposed any form of discrimination and any kind of prejudice among its members.

Accordingly, at the inauguration of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, some functions were assigned to it, for the purpose of helping the Union achieve its aims and objectives. And in this article, I will be discussing some of the functions of the Nigeria Union of Journalists.

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What Are The Functions Of The Nigeria Union Of Journalists?

The Nigeria Union of Journalists is saddling with a number of functions to help it accomplish its mandate as a professional organization.

In this article however, I am going to discuss some of the functions of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, nevertheless, below are the functions of the Nigeria Union of Journalists:

1. Nigeria Union Of Journalists Strengthens The Union And Encourages Members To Abide By Union’s Principles

Every professional organization has its principles and standards of practice, and so does the Nigeria Union of Journalists.

What the Nigeria Union of Journalists does in this regard, is to, as part of its statutory functions, encouraged members to abide by the principles that defined the profession.

The Nigeria Union of Journalists will have to make members see the Union as a democratic trade Union, and also to make them contribute their individual quota for the purpose of strengthening the Nigeria Union of Journalists.

2. Nigeria Union Of Journalists Pursues An Improved Conditions Of Service For Members

As a Trade Union, one of the functions of the Nigeria Union of Journalists is to pursue the interests of its members through bargaining for their improved conditions of service.

For instance, the Nigeria Union of Journalists is a trade Union that was established based on the principle that, members’ pay package, as well as their individual conditions at workplace are well improved.

This is one area that members of pen profession are yearning for, and the Nigeria Union of Journalists have to make sure that, it meets this need.

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3. Nigeria Union Of Journalists Ensures That Members Are Respect At Work Place

Members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists were expected to be treated with respect by their employers, as well as, be treated with consideration by whoever need their services.

Achieving this, was an aspect of the Nigeria Union of Journalists’ functions. The Nigeria Union of Journalists considers this as paramount hence, has worked for, in making sure that, the employers of its members or other members of the public do not take action that tend to threaten the livelihood of its members, and also action that could alter the good working conditions of its members.

4. Nigeria Union Of Journalists Defences The Interests Of Its Members

One primary function of the Nigeria Union of Journalists is in the area of defending the interests of its members. In fact, this is one of the issues that led to the formation of the Nigeria Union of Journalists.

Advancing the cause of its members. The interests of the members of the professional body is considered paramount, no matter what happened.

5. Nigeria Union Of Journalists Promotes High Standards Of Journalism

It is a known fact that, every professional organization has its principles, ethics, core value and standards of practice, and so does the Nigeria Union of Journalists. What the Nigeria Union of Journalists does in this regard, is in making sure that, practicing members of the journalism profession comply to the ethics, public decorum, and standards of practice. Very important.

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6. Nigeria Union Of Journalists Ensures That Every Member Shares A Common Interest

The Nigeria Union of Journalists is made up of practicing professional journalists, and among the members are those employed either by the government or private employers, while others members are self-employed.

The function of the Nigeria Union of Journalists as a professional body, is to make sure that, these groups of Journalists share a common interest.

The Union will make sure that, everyone involved in the practice must maintain high standards in the profession. The Nigeria Union of Journalists also has a responsibility of defending job security of its members, including the level of money paying in the pen profession.

7. Nigeria Union Of Journalists Seeks To Strengthens Role Of Collective Organization

Another function of the Nigeria Union of Journalists is about its efforts in seeking to make sure that, the role of the collective organization, as well as, that of representation in work place is strengthened.

This aspect of the function of the Nigeria Union of Journalists actually contributed to the formation of the Nigeria Union of Journalists.

The Nigeria Union of Journalists, being a trade Union, seeks to keep to this responsibility of the Union. This however, explained why members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists do not just accept any job on the terms of payments or conditions of service that are not in tandem with those conditions spelled out in the collective agreements as they apply to any place of work.

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Conclusion

Although, the protection and promotion of members’ interests remained paramount, the Nigeria Union of Journalists also has a mandate of supervising and monitoring and regulating conducts of its members and the activities of the professional body.

Having said that, what give above as functions of the Nigeria Union of Journalists are some of the functions assigned to it at inauguration.

Besides the Nigeria Union of Journalists has derived its strengths as a professional organization from the diversity membership of the Union.

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