New general secretary to be elected at 2012 Congress in September


TUC general secretary Brendan Barber is to retire at the end of the year.

Brendan Barber this morning informed the TUC Executive Committee of his decision. His successor will be elected at the 2012 Congress in September.

He said: “I have decided that this is the right time to make a change in my life. I have been enormously privileged to work at the TUC since 1975, and the end of the year will mark the ten year point since my election as general secretary.

“The TUC has always been a powerful voice for the millions of ordinary people who depend on trade unions to better their lives and there is so much of our work over the years in which I take great pride. But I have every confidence that under new leadership the TUC can go from strength to strength.”

TUC President Paul Kenny said: “Brendan has made an immense contribution to the trade union movement and has been one of the most successful TUC general secretaries. I hope he will continue to make a huge contribution to the movement after he leaves the TUC. He will be duly honoured by affiliates at the Congress.”

CWU general secretary Billy Hayes said: “Brendan Barber has given the UK trade union movement excellent and unwavering leadership whilst at the helm of the TUC. He is a respected leader, negotiator and trade unionist.

“Brendan made himself available to the CWU on many occasions. He assisted us during difficult disputes and has helped CWU represent our members across all our sectors of telecoms, financial services and post.

“I have had the pleasure of sitting on the TUC General Council and Executive Committee with Brendan for many years. His calm insight and good humour never fails to impress. Under Brendan’s watch many initiatives have blossomed, notably the successful UnionLearn project which has brought education to thousands of working people.

 “We wish Brendan well with whatever he chooses to embark on next and feel confident that he leaves the TUC in good shape to represent the UK’s working people.”

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