CSP director praises departing TUC leader

The CSP has paid tribute to TUC general secretary Brendan Barber, who has announced his retirement.

Mr Barber, who spoke at the CSP’s Annual Representatives’ Conference in 2011, will be stepping down in December after 10 years in the post.

The CSP is affiliated to the TUC. Lesley  Mercer, the society’s head of employment relations and union services, has worked closely with Mr Barber since her election on to the TUC general council in 2000.

She praised his achievements as leader of the TUC.

‘Brendan Barber has been an outstanding leader for the union movement during difficult times.

‘He has defended and advanced the rights of working people and has been a passionate advocate for the causes of social justice and equality.

His support for the NHS and for the work of health affiliates like the CSP has been unswerving.    

‘His constructive approach, mixed in with a dollop of northern humour, has been widely admired by people across the political landscape and I think he will leave the TUC in a strong position as it tackles the challenges of the future.’

Mr Barber’s successor, who will head up a trade union movement with more than six million members, will be elected at September’s TUC Congress in Brighton and will take over in the new year.

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