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John Smith re-elected as MU chief

By | Published on Friday 19 October 2012

Musicians' Union

John Smith has been re-elected as General Secretary of the Musicians’ Union after a decade in the job. The former tuba player for the English National Opera will continue in the top job at the MU for the next five years following this latest election. He was also re-elected as President of the International Federation of Musicians.

Smith told CMU: “I am delighted to have been re-elected as MU General Secretary and I look forward to continuing my work over the next five years. In the current difficult economic climate, the MU is more important than ever and I am committed to ensuring that we continue to give the best possible service to our 30,000 members”.

He continued: “Musicians are currently facing some very difficult issues – such as increasingly being expected to work for free, dealing with devastating cuts to arts funding and facing the damaging effects of illegal downloading. 76% of musicians earn less than £30,000 a year, and my priority over my next five year term is to improve pay for musicians across the board”.