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Caroline Is Our New Branch Secretary

The September Branch Committee held elections for several vacant branch officer positions, as in recent months we have lost Mark Rose and Mark Spence to pastures new.

Caroline Johnson was elected to be the new Branch Secretary.

Caroline has recently been the Deputy Branch Secretary for Organisation and Representation. She has been a member of the branch for over 20 years. Her council post is as a Grade 3 Day Centre Officer working with service users with learning disabilities in the Adults and Communities part of the People Directorate.

Caroline has helped to build the People’s Stewards Committee into the most active and strongest within the branch. She has led the branch’s campaigning work against the new contracts, pension cuts, workplace closures and many other key issues. She has represented hundreds of members in disciplinaries and grievances. She recently assisted hundreds of members in securing unpaid allowances worth many thousands of pounds per member.

Caroline’s election statement said

“Ultimately a union is individuals standing together, as standing together we are more powerful.  Our united voices are needed now...now is the time to take a stand. We face a huge challenge – who will pay for the greed and excesses of the bankers, speculators and tax dodgers.  We need an organised branch prepared to take action and I am committed to leading that fight.”

Stephen Bailey was elected to be the new Deputy Branch Secretary for Service Conditions.

Stephen is currently the Branch Young Members Officer and is a Senior Steward in the Places Directorate. He is a leisure services worker, and amongst other roles works at the city’s BMX track.
In his election statement Stephen aimed to “give my full support to members during the hard times ahead so that the union grows bigger and stronger together.”

Clare Rudge was elected to be a job share partner as Branch Chair, with Tracy Westwood. Clare is a Senior Steward in the CYPF part of the People’s Directorate. She is a PSS worker, based at Lifford House. She has worked alongside other stewards within the building to keep members well informed about union issues and to represent members when needed.

We welcome Caroline, Stephen and Clare to their new roles.

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