After six years as Branch Secretary, Tony Caffery announced he would be standing down to take up a position as Regional Officer for UNISON. After a call for nominations, the Branch Executive Committee (BEC) unanimously approved Pat McDonagh as the new Branch Secretary. Pat will take over from Tony in around six weeks time.
At July’s BEC, Branch Chair, Noel Bayley, praised Tony’s professional work over the past six years in keeping the Branch focused on delivering for members, saying: “He has been an outstanding Branch Secretary and on numerous occasions, I have seen him lead by example. Be it representing members, speaking at the conference lectern, out on the picket line or in meetings with Town Hall chiefs (the Manchester Minimum wage is proof of that and a lasting legacy), Tony has led by example.”
In a couple of other moves, the BEC also approved the uncontested nominations of Steve Swift and Eddy Redmond as Assistant Branch Secretaries, who will take over from Pat McDonagh and David Hall. Tony Caffery paid tribute to David’s hard work as an Assistant Branch Secretary – a role he had undertaken for three years – and wished him well in his career in Adult Services.