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NUJ pays tribute to departing Jeremy Dear

2 July 2011

The NUJ has paid tribute to Jeremy Dear, who is leaving the post of general secretary after a decade at the helm of the union. Under his leadership the NUJ has survived as a fighting union, punching well above its weight; it is recognised across the movement as proof that small, specialist unions can work and contribute to the collective strength of organised labour.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary said:

"Jeremy is a one off. He has shown passion, enthusiasm and commitment to the NUJ in his ten years leading our union. His legacy is an NUJ that is a true campaigning and organising union, a dedicated voice for journalists and journalism. We all wish Jeremy and Paula the very best for the future. They will always remain part of the NUJ family."

Donnacha DeLong, NUJ President, said:

"My first Delegate Meeting was Jeremy's first as general secretary, so, for me, he has been a defining part of my experience in the union beyond my workplace. He's done so much to modernise and energise the union, his departure is going to be felt at every level. It challenges all of us in the NUJ to continue and build on that work to ensure a bright future for the union and all our members."

Anita Halpin, NUJ Treasurer said:

"Jeremy is a trade unionist who has successfully made the move from 'militant trouble maker' to trade union leader without ditching his principles or forgetting the harsh realities of the workplace. This gives him the breadth of vision to relate to all our members across the union. He will be missed."

Jim Boumelha, IFJ president, said:

"Jeremy has bequeathed to us a formidable legacy – a strong and independent NUJ well equipped to survive the biggest crisis in the history of journalism. His commitment to the union and extraordinary personal contribution will be remembered by many generations of journalists."

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