Usdaw has elected a new president following an all-member ballot, who will take over from the retiring president Jeff Broome after this year’s Annual Delegate Meeting (ADM) in Blackpool in April.
The new president has been announced as Amy Murphy, who is from Sussex, works for Tesco and has been on Usdaw’s Executive Council for six years. Previously she was a divisional councillor for nine years and has been an Usdaw rep in Tesco and a health and safety rep for 24 years.
Usdaw General Secretary John Hannett says:
Congratulations to Amy on her election and I look forward to working together to strengthen our union, improve workers’ lives and deliver for our members.
I would also like to pay tribute to Jeff Broome for many years of service he has given Usdaw as President, on our Executive Council and as an Usdaw activist. He will be a tough act to follow.
All sectors of the Union are going through some very challenging times, with a lot of changes that will impact on our members. I know that our new President and newly elected Executive Council will pull together to ensure the union continues to be a strong voice for our members.
The President of Usdaw is a senior official of the union elected every three years by the whole membership. The President presides over the Annual Delegate Meeting, Executive Council meetings and committees, acts as a national spokesperson for Usdaw alongside the General Secretary and Deputy General Secretary.
Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) is the UK’s fifth biggest and the fastest growing trade union with over 430,000 members. Membership has increased by more than 28% over the decade. Most Usdaw members work in the retail sector, but the union also has many members in transport, distribution, food manufacturing, chemicals and other trades.