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Roy Rickhuss re-elected as General Secretary

22nd March 2018

Roy Rickhuss has been elected as General Secretary for a second term. Community’s National Executive Council called the election in February and the nomination period closed on Wednesday. No other candidates were nominated and therefore Roy Rickhuss was re-elected unopposed.

Responding to the result, Roy Rickhuss said:

“I am humbled by the support that branches right across the union have shown from every sector and every region of the union. It gives me great confidence to know that I have received nominations from almost 300 branches collectively representing 80 per cent of our membership.

“I take this as a vote of confidence in the direction that the union is going through the work of my leadership team. When I was first elected I said that the union would keep changing to reflect the changing world of work.

“That is what Community has done over the past five years. But while we have reached out to more members in new industries and new forms of work, we have continued to support our members in traditional industries and our established sectors.

“This is not something that I have done alone. My re-election is testament to the lay leadership of the union – our NEC members – who have supported me in taking the key decisions over the past five years that have shaped where Community is in 2018. Credit is also due to the efforts of my senior leadership team and the hard work of staff and officers across the UK.

“Most importantly, this is also a tribute to the work that Commuity’s reps do day-in and day-out on behalf of our members. They are the lifeblood of this great union.

“Over the next five years I will continue to steer the changes that we need to make to ensure that our branch officials have the resources and the support to help make a better working world for our members. I will ensure that Community stays at the forefront of the union movement as we respond to more changes to the world of work.

“For now, I just want to say a heartfelt thank you for the trust members have placed in me.”

Branch secretaries have been sent the full list of nominating branches.