General Secretary of the Scottish Trades Union Congress

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The General Secretary of the STUC is the chief permanent officer of the Scottish Trades Union Congress, and a major figure in the trade union movement in the United Kingdom.

The Secretary is responsible for the effective operation of the STUC and for leading implementation of policies set by the annual Congress and the organisation's General Council. They also serve as the STUC's chief representative, both with the public and with other organisations.

The position was formed in 1922, when the Parliamentary Committee of the STUC became the General Council. The position of Secretary has been a permanent, full-time position in the TUC since that time. Before that, the Secretary was elected annually at Congress.

Secretaries of the Parliamentary Committee of the STUC[edit]

1897: Margaret Irwin
1900: George Carson
1918: Robert Allan

General Secretaries of the STUC[edit]

1922: William Elger
1947: Charles Murdoch
1949: George Middleton
1963: James Jack
1975: James Milne
1986: Campbell Christie
1998: Bill Speirs
2006: Grahame Smith

Deputy General Secretaries of the STUC[edit]

1969: James Milne
1975: James Kirkwood
1978: John Henry
1988: Bill Speirs
1998: Grahame Smith and Ronnie McDonald[1]
2006: Dave Moxham

Presidents of the STUC[edit]

Year Name Union[2][3]
1897 Duncan Macpherson Glasgow Trades Council
1898 John Keir Aberdeen Trades Council
1899 Thomas McBurney Dundee Trades Council
1900 Thomas Wilson Operative Bakers' National Federal Union of Scotland
1901 John Kent Scottish Typographical Association
1902 William Muirhead Associated Ironmoulders of Scotland
1903 Robert Smillie Scottish Miners' Federation
1904 George Murdoch Perth Trades Council
1905 Robert Smillie Scottish Miners' Federation
1906 William Johnston Aberdeen Trades Council
1907 John T. Howden Associated Carpenters and Joiners of Scotland
1908 James Gavin Amalgamated Society of Steel and Iron Workers of Great Britain
1909 James Gavin Amalgamated Society of Steel and Iron Workers of Great Britain
1910 John C. Hendry Brechin Mill and Factory Operatives Trade Union
1911 James Brown Scottish Miners' Federation
1912 David Palmer Aberdeen Trades Council
1913 Alexander R. Turner Glasgow Trades Council
1914 Robert Climie Ayrshire Trades Council
1916 David Gilmour Scottish Miners' Federation
1917 Robert Allan Edinburgh Trades Council
1918 Hugh Lyon Scottish Horse and Motormen's Association
1919 Neil S. Beaton National Amalgamated Union of Shop Assistants
1920 William Shaw Glasgow Trades Council
1921 James Walker Iron and Steel Trades Confederation
1922 Charles Gallie Railway Clerks' Association
1923 James Murdoch Scottish Miners' Federation
1924 Tom Wilson National Amalgamated Union of Shop Assistants
1925 William Leonard National Amalgamated Furnishing Trades Association
1926 Joseph Forbes Duncan Scottish Farm Servants' Union
1927 Peter Webster Scottish Horse and Motormen's Association
1928 John Nairn Scottish Textile Workers' Union
1929 George Kerr Workers' Union
1930 Robert Watson Scottish Typographical Association
1931 Charles Gallie Railway Clerks' Association
1932 William Leonard National Amalgamated Furnishing Trades Association
1933 James Crawford National Society of Operative Printers' Assistants
1934 Thomas Scollan Glasgow Trades Council
1935 Thomas Brown National Amalgamated Union of Shop Assistants
1936 James Young Association of Engineering and Shipbuilding Draughtsmen
1937 Bell Jobson Scottish Farm Servants' Union
1938 Herbert Ellison National Union of Railwaymen
1939 Robert Taylor Scottish Horse and Motormen's Association
1940 William Quin National Union of General and Municipal Workers
1941 James Watson National Union of Distributive and Allied Workers
1942 Charles Murdoch Scottish Union of Bakers, Confectioners and Bakery Workers
1943 Peter Henderson Scottish Miners' Federation
1944 James Crawford National Society of Operative Printers' Assistants
1945 James Young Association of Engineering and Shipbuilding Draughtsmen
1946 Jim Campbell National Union of Railwaymen
1947 James Duncan Constructional Engineering Union
1948 John Sullivan Transport and General Workers' Union
1949 William McGinniss National Union of General and Municipal Workers
1950 William Pearson National Union of Scottish Mineworkers
1951 John Lang Iron and Steel Trades Confederation
1952 John Brannigan Scottish Horse and Motormen's Association
1953 Archibald MacKellar Association of Engineering and Shipbuilding Draughtsmen
1954 John Bothwell Transport Salaried Staffs' Association
1955 Thomas B. Meikle Transport and General Workers' Union
1956 David Currie Clerical and Administrative Workers' Union
1957 Frank Donachy National Union of Railwaymen
1958 William Mowbray Scottish Union of Bakers and Allied Workers
1959 Alex Moffat National Union of Scottish Mineworkers
1960 Jimmy Milne Aberdeen Trades Council
1961 Edward W. Craig Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers
1962 Patrick Conner Amalgamated Engineering Union
1963 David Lauder National Union of Railwaymen
1964 Frank H. Stephen Draughtsmen's and Allied Technicians' Association
1965 William Scholes Transport and General Workers' Union
1966 Alec Kitson Scottish Commercial Motormen's Union
1967 Bill McLean National Union of Scottish Mineworkers
1968 John Irvine Iron and Steel Trades Confederation
1969 Enoch Humphries Fire Brigades Union
1970 John A. Matheson National Union of Railwaymen
1971 Alex M. Donnet National Union of General and Municipal Workers
1972 Raymond Macdonald Transport and General Workers' Union
1973 Alexander Day Association of Scientific, Technical and Managerial Staffs
1974 Elizabeth McIntyre National Union of Hosiery and Knitwear Workers
1975 James H. Dollan National Union of Journalists
1976 Andrew Forman Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers
1977 Hugh D'Arcy Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians
1978 Arthur Bell Iron and Steel Trades Confederation
1979 Charles Drury National and Local Government Officers' Association
1980 Bill Dougan Amalgamated Society of Boilermakers
1981 Jimmy Morrell National Union of General and Municipal Workers
1982 John D. Pollock Educational Institute of Scotland
1983 Andy Barr National Union of Railwaymen
1984 John Langan Association of Scientific, Technical and Managerial Staffs
1985 Tom Dougan Amalgamated Engineering Union
1986 Hugh Wyper Transport and General Workers Union
1987 Ron Curran National Union of Public Employees
1988 Charles Gallagher National and Local Government Officers Association
1989 Ronnie Webster Aberdeen Trades Council
1990 George Bolton National Union of Mineworkers
1991 Clive Lewis Iron and Steel Trades Confederation
1992 Jane McKay Glasgow Trades Council
1993 Chris Binks Confederation of Health Service Employees
1994 Harry McLevy Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union
1995 Willie Queen Transport and General Workers Union
1996 Pat McCormick Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers
1997 Mary Harrison GMB Union
1998 Pat Kelly National Union of Civil and Public Servants
1999 Anne Middleton Unison
2000 Matt Smith Unison
2001 Liz Elkind Edinburgh Trades Council
2002 David Bleiman Association of University Teachers
2003 Pauline Frazer Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union
2004 Sandy Boyle UNIFI
2005 Anne Douglas Prospect
2006 John Keenan South Lanarkshire and East Kilbride TUC
2007 Katrina Purcell Unison
2008 Phil McGarry National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers
2009 Fiona Farmer Unite
2010 Martin Keenan Communication Workers' Union
2011 Joy Dunn Public and Commercial Services Union
2012 Mike Kirby Unison
2013 Agnes Tolmie Unite
2014 Harry Frew Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians
2015 Lawrence Wason Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers
2016 Helen Connor Educational Institute of Scotland
2017 Satnam Ner Prospect
2018 Lynn Henderson Public and Commercial Services Union
2019 Jackson Cullinane Unite

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/report.aspx?r=2734&mode=html
  2. ^ Angela Tuckett, The Scottish Trades Union Congress: the first 80 years, 1897-1977
  3. ^ Scottish Trades Union Congress, "Report of General Council to Annual Congress (2008), pp.72-73