The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC), has elected the University and College Union’s (UCU’s) Scotland official, Mary Senior, as President. Mary becomes the first UCU nominee to hold the position in the Scottish trade union movement, and will serve in the role, including chairing the STUC’s General Council, until after next year’s STUC Congress.
Originally from the West Midlands, Mary has two decades of working within the trade union movement in Scotland, and since 2009 has been UCU’s Scotland official. Her first job in the trade union movement was as a researcher with the GMB union, and she has also worked for Unison and the STUC as an Assistant Secretary.
STUC General Secretary Roz Foyer said:
“First of all, I’d like to thank Jackson Cullinane for his tireless contribution, judgement and leadership, in what has been an extended and intense period of work for the STUC’s General Council. In Jackson Cullinane, I couldn’t have asked for a wiser or more experienced President to be by my side at this crucial time.
“Both the STUC General Council collectively and I personally am delighted that Mary Senior has been elected as STUC President. Mary’s long commitment to trade unionism, to wider social justice and to equality is well-known throughout our movement. As last year’s Vice President Mary has provided me and our outgoing President Jackson Cullinane, with invaluable support, and played a pivotal role in guiding the STUC’s response to the crisis. All this while faithfully serving the membership of UCU.
“As trade unions in Scotland continue to face the challenges of the pandemic and to campaign for a ‘People’s Recovery’, I could not think of a better person than Mary to undertake the role of President.”
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