Billy Hayes (trade unionist)

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William Hayes (born 8 June 1953) is the former leader of the Communication Workers' Union (CWU) in the United Kingdom.

Early life[edit]

Born in Fazakerley Liverpool, he attended St Swithin's Secondary Modern School on Croxteth Hall Lane (closed 1983). He later gained a Diploma in Trade Union Studies from the University of Liverpool. Hayes worked as a welder from 1968–71, then for John West Foods from 1971–73, before becoming a postman in 1974.

Communication Workers Union (CWU)[edit]

He became active in the CWU, and in 1992 was elected to its National Executive Committee, then as a national officer, the Assistant Secretary of the Outdoor Department. He was elected General Secretary of the union in 2001.[1] As General Secretary for the CWU, his reported annual salary in 2009 was £97,647. During his time in office membership of the union has fallen by 100,000 due to mass redundancies and an ageing workforce within British Telecoms and postal service Royal Mail .[2] In 2015, he was beaten for re-election by his own deputy, Dave Ward.[3]

UNI Post & Logistics[edit]

He is World President of UNI Post and Logistics - a sector of UNI Global Union. With more than 2.5 million members worldwide the Post and Logistics Sector is one of UNI's largest.

Election to Conference Arrangements Committee[edit]

In September 2017 he and Seema Chandwani were elected to the Labour Conference Arrangements Committee. [4]

Personal life[edit]

In September 1995 he married Dian Lee in Knowsley. They have a son and a daughter.

See also[edit]


Trade union offices
Preceded by
Derek Hodgson
General Secretary of the Communication Workers' Union
Succeeded by
Dave Ward