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Usdaw leader retiring after 14 years
John Hannett is retiring as Usdaw General Secretary on 29 June. He was first elected General Secretary of the 429,000-strong union in May 2004 and re-elected in September 2008.
CEO of Marshall-James Andy Cook said Hannett had made a really positive impact on USDAW, working hard to build membership and the union’s reputation as a strong campaigning union. “Hannett has been at the forefront of some of the most challenging times the retail sector has ever faced and steered the union through them brilliantly,” Cook said.
Paddy Lillis will take over as the new General Secretary. Paddy has served as Deputy General Secretary of Usdaw for 14 years. He received overwhelming support from the union’s branches across the UK for his nomination as General Secretary. Dave McCrossen has been elected as the new Deputy General Secretary.