GSG 03-21 Retirement of General Secretary



At a National Executive Council meeting last Friday, 5th February 2021, I informed the NEC that my contract as General Secretary will be finished near the end of 2021.

My reason for informing the Executive so early in the year is to ensure a smooth handover to my successor following my departure. This should hopefully mean that there will be a seamless transition and that there will be no impact on the ongoing union business on behalf of our members.

Following my announcement, as is the norm, the Officials were asked to leave the meeting while the Executive discussed its next steps. In these circumstances, it is a matter for your NEC to decide the arrangements for the filling of the upcoming vacancy and in that respect I would expect that a GS Circular will issue shortly outlining those decisions.

I wish to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all the Branches, members, and Executives whom I have worked with over many years; it has been an absolute honour and pleasure to work with so many good people and make so many friends during this time.

As stated earlier, my contract runs until almost the end of the year and so I will continue in my role, to the best of my ability, during the remaining few months of my contract.

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