The National Union of Journalists has voted to increase its subscription rates by 5pc as it continues to address its financial difficulties.
It means that monthly fees will rise by between 60p and £1.04 depending on grade of membership.
National Executive Committee member Len Mulholland said the increase was “equivalent to the cost of two packets of extra strong peppermints a month.”
The move was agreed at the union’s Annual Delegate Meeting in Newcastle, which also voted narrowly to censure the leadership over its handling of the financial crisis.
Delegates backed a motion from Nottingham NUJ members which highlighted the need for the union to be “a competent viable force which is able to provide support to its members.”
However a motion calling for an inquiry into a so-called ‘golden goodbye’ payment to former general secretary Jeremy Dear was defeated.
Pete Murray, who had been union president at the time of Jeremy’s departure, apologised that he had not informed the NEC of the £48,239 payment byt insisted the outgoing general secretary had been contractually entitled to it.
In a further cost-saving measure, delegates voted to move to a two-year cycle for the ADM which is currently held every 18 months.