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The TUC General Secretary, Brendan Barber, today (Wednesday) informed the TUC Executive Committee of his decision to retire from the TUC around the end of the year

This will enable the election of his successor to take place at the 2012 Congress in September and for an appropriate hand over period.

Brendan Barber 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.'

Written by Scott Buckler
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 10:10

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