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NUJ delegate to TUC Black Workers’ Conference dies suddenly

27 April 2010

Journalists in magazines and across the wider union are mourning activist Themon Djaksam, who died suddenly last weekend at the TUC Black Workers' Conference in Liverpool. He had been in poor health for some time.

Themon Djaksam, who was aged 53 and lived in London, came originally from Gabon. A freelance journalist, he was active in the NUJ's London Magazine branch and had a particular interest in both health and safety and trade union education.

Themon came to NUJ prominence as Father of the Chapel at the beleaguered West Africa magazine six years ago, where staff suffered appalling conditions and had not been paid for several months. He held the eight-strong chapel together with regular weekly pickets until the company was wound up and members received statutory redundancy payments.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ deputy general secretary, said:

"Themon was a stalwart NUJ member, always ready to give help and support for union causes. His death is a great shock and loss to all of us who were fortunate enough to know him."

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