The NUJ is proposing to sell its London headquarters and share new offices with the broadcasting union Bectu to reduce costs and increase efficiency, Press Gazette has learned.
A document marked confidential from the union’s ruling National Executive Council, titled Building for the Future, recommends that the union sells its Headland House building on Grays Inn Road to raise £1m in capital gains and make an extra £150,000 available for union funds.
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Savings will be made through heat and light payments and sharing some staff and facilities.
Merging the union’s Manchester office with Bectu’s could also save about £20,000 a year, the document says, and a closer partnership is possible in Wales, where Bectu has an office.
The project has been ‘unanimously endorsed’by the Bectu National Executive. Bectu has a membership of 26,000 compared to the NUJ’s 37,000, and employs 48 full-time staff.
A third organisation – the General Federation of Trade Unions, which proves training to unions – would also be housed in the new building.
The report warns that the ‘political reality’of a future Conservative government – and more punitive union regulation – would place ‘severe pressures on both unions”.
‘We must aim to have a sound asset base and ensure we maximise income and improve efficiency. This project will help us achieve those aims,’the document said.