The National Union of Journalists has voted to increase its subscription rates and, as a cost saving measure, hold only a one-day conference each year.
This weekend, the union, which has experienced financial difficulties in recent times, agreed to raise subscriptions by five per cent in order to sustain its future, while also scrapping its 18 month meeting.
Tim Dawson, of the NEC, said: "The NUJ has 200 recognition agreements in the UK, more than any other union. To continue this level of service, the union needed to be funded properly."
A motion seeking to investigate the payment of former NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear of £48,239 was not carried, with Dear having sent an open letter to all delegates telling them that he received no severance pay and no ‘secret’ payments.
The fee increase will begin from November.