Tim Roaches defeats Paul McCarthy in election to succeed Paul Kenny

Tim Lezard Europe, UK, GMB,

Tim Roache GMBTim Roache has been elected as general secretary of the GMB.

Roache, who led the longest dispute in the union’s history (the 13-week refuse and street cleaning strike in 2009), received 56.7% of the vote, while Paul McCarthy received 43.3%.

He said: “It is such an honour and I’m so proud and humbled to be elected general secretary of our great union.

“Workers are under attack by unscrupulous employers and a government far from being the party for working people, are a government  intent on silencing workers voices forever.

“It’s not acceptable and I will repay GMB members faith in me by leading a 21st century union that fights for our members, their families and communities every hour of every day.

“I also want to pay tribute to our retiring General Secretary Paul Kenny for the incredible job he has done for over 10 years that has made GMB the envy of the union movement.”


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