Friday, 18 June 2010

Scottish council worker elected as UNISON's UK president

A Glasgow City Council admin worker has been elected as president of UNISON, the UK's largest public sector union today.

Angela Lynes, 41, a mother-of-two from Ayrshire, will hold the position for the coming year.

The new president has chaired the union's Industrial Action Committee for the last nine years and is also on the staffing and international committees.

Angela said:

"As president I am keen to work on issues that are affecting members across the UK.

"I chose to work in local government as soon as I left school, as I believe in the importance public services play in society.

"The public sector is needed now more than ever, to help the economy, communities and families rise up out of the recession.

"We must do all we can to protect these vital services in the face of huge public spending cuts."

Angela has been working as an admin officer since leaving school and is the union's second youngest president.

She was elected to the NEC in 2001 and, at 32, was also UNISON's youngest NEC member.

The president was born in Glasgow, but now lives with her husband John and two children, Jack, 13, and Rachel, 12 in Ayrshire.


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