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SUE FERNS was elected as the TUC’s new president today, as the 2021 Congress drew to a close.
Ms Ferns, senior deputy general secretary at the Prospect union, will serve in the role for 12 months and preside over next year’s Congress.
She will chair the union’s confederation’s general council and executive committee.
Ms Ferns also heads the TUC’s women’s committee and is the general council’s lead on energy, environment and sustainability as well as sitting on the government’s green jobs taskforce.
She said it was a “great honour to be elected” ahead of a vital year for workers’ rights.
“My focus will be on getting the best deal for members post-Covid-19, ensuring a just transition for workers as we move to a greener economy, and on closing the gender pay and pension gaps.”
TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady welcomed the result. She said: “It’s time for a new age of dignity and security at work for everyone — women and men — and it’s great to have Sue leading the way.”
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