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TUC names new General Secretary

19 July, 2012
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Frances O'Grady is set to take over from Brendan Barber as TUC General Secretary, when he retires at the end of the year, becoming the first woman to head the role.

O'Grady, who is the TUC's current Deputy General Secretary, was the sole candidate nominated by unions and will become General Secretary Designate at the 144th Congress in Brighton this September.

Frances is a strong believer in protecting the public service ethos, opposing privatisation and currently leads the TUC campaign to save the NHS.

She said: “This is a great honour. Never has a strong responsible trade union movement been so needed. With austerity policies biting hard and with no evidence that they are working, people at work need the TUC to speak up for them.

“We must be the advocates of the growth and jobs alternative. And with the policy prescriptions of the last thirty years increasingly discredited, we have the best opportunity in a generation to help build a fair, productive and green economy that works for ordinary people.”

Thanking Brendan’s efforts, she commented: “Brendan has been a great servant of the TUC, well-respected both within and beyond our ranks. He leaves a firm foundation on which to build.”

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