Tuesday, 12 January 2010
Mark Watts fails to get elected to NUJ branch post despite being the only candidate
Watts was standing to be the branch's chapel liaison officer but some members at last night's branch meeting claimed his campaigning for the Journalist post was too negative and had harmed the union. Watts argued he had done the union a service. It is thought unprecedented for a union member not to be elected for an unopposed position in the London Freelance Branch.
The vote was : In favour of Watts being elected unopposed: 23%; Abstentions: 23%; In favour of the post remaining empty: 54%.