MEMBERS OF the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) have voted narrowly against a proposal for their trade union to set up a political fund. The move was rejected by 53 percent to 47 percent, a majority of just 579 votes. The debate on having a political fund was clouded by opponents who claimed it was an attempt to get the union to support the Labour Party.
In fact this was not what the vote was about, but it certainly may have been sufficient to persuade enough people to vote against the fund. The real issue at stake (which some activists sense the union leadership did not press strongly enough) is that a yes vote would have made it clear the NUJ is part of highly politicised world.