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Journalism union chief bows out after more than 20 years in role

Paul-Holleran2A journalism union chief has moved to pastures new after more than 20 years in the role.

Paul Holleran, left, has spent two decades as national organiser for the National Union of Journalists in Scotland, but he has now taken up a new role in health and safety training with general trade union GMB.

Paul has been involved with the NUJ for almost 30 years, and during his time as organiser his achievements include establishing salary structures and house agreements with all major Scottish employers.

According to a farewell piece on the NUJ Scotland website, he campaigned to get employers to recognise the impact of stress on workers caused in the workplace and also introduced the NUJ media guidelines on responsible reporting on mental health, mental illness and death by suicide.

Said Paul: “Being an active member and a full-time official of the NUJ for nearly 30 years has been a great experience and a major part of my life.

“I have met so many interesting people and have been fortunate to have helped many of them during this time.”

Paul was born in Liverpool in 1956 and moved to Glasgow 41 years ago, starting out in publishing after leaving school and going on to become an award-winning journalist before becoming a fulltime union official.

His new job will see him return to his hometown.

The NUJ Scotland piece states: “We wish him all the best in his return to his hometown of Liverpool and his work with the GMB responsible for health and safety and training in North-West England and Ireland and thank him for his many years of dedicated service to the NUJ and journalists in Scotland. He will be missed.”