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John Smith to step down as general secretary of Musicians’ Union

John Smith, outgoing general secretary of the Musicians' Union John Smith, outgoing general secretary of the Musicians' Union
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John Smith is to step down as general secretary of the Musicians’ Union after 15 years.

Announcing his retirement, Smith said he found it “gratifying to look back and see how the MU has consolidated its position within both the music industry and the trade union movement” during his tenure.

“I took over at a time of internal political turmoil and spent my first few years stabilising the organisation,” he said.

Smith added: ”I then oversaw the union’s restructuring and modernisation. This was achieved successfully, which allowed me to concentrate on the MU’s position as an important music industry body and an independent specialist trade union.”

The nomination process for Smith’s replacement has been completed, with MU executive committee member Kathy Dyson and MU assistant general secretary Horace Trubridge in the running to take the general secretary position.

The ballot of members will be held between March 6 and 27.

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