TUC names de Gruchy as new president

Nigel
de Gruchy, has been elected as the TUC’s new president. He recently retired as
general secretary of teaching union NASUWT.

He
succeeds Sir Tony Young and will serve until the end of the next year’s TUC
Congress.

A
member of the UK TUC General Council and Executive, de Gruchy also sits on the
Executive of the worldwide Education International which represents 24 million
teachers in 304 national unions from 155 countries and territories.

Commenting
on the decision, de Gruchy said: "During my presidential year, I would see
the TUC continuing to campaign to give employees more say and control over
their working lives.

"For
far too many workers there is a need to roll back the tyranny of work, to stop
the job dominating their lives and their families.

"Reaching
out is the theme of this year’s Congress and in the year ahead I would like to
see unions continue their efforts to attract and recruit new workers,
particularly among the young.

"If
unions are to keep on making valuable contributions to people’s working lives,
union density has to increase. I would like to see membership reach the 90 per
cent level one day that the school teacher unions have been fortunate enough to
achieve in the teaching profession."

By Quentin Reade

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