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Manuel Cortes elected as General Secretary

15 November 2011

TSSA's next General Secretary will be Manuel Cortes, the current Assistant General Secretary

TSSA's independent scrutineers met today and confirmed that following those close of nominations yesterday (14/11/11) there was one successfully nominated candidate for the position of General Secretary. Manuel Cortes will therefore begin a five year term as General Secretary.

Manuel Cortes, 44, has worked for the union for 13 years and has been assistant general secretary for the past seven years.

A graduate of Strathclyde University, he holds two MScs, one in Business Economics and the other in Optical Electronics.

He said:"I am grateful to the many branches and activists who backed me for this post and I hope to build on all the good work that Gerry has put in over the last seven years.

"We have a real fight on our hands because the McNulty Report will lead to the biggest attack on our members jobs, wages and conditions in a generation. Boris is also recklessly destroying jobs within our tube and TfL and long as our high streets remain depressed, our members within the travel trade are feeling the pinch"

"We need to take the public with us as we make the argument for a publicly funded and publicly owned railway which we see operating so successfully in every other country in Europe."


Further to Circular No. 376 dated 3rd October 2011. I can now advise Branches that the following valid nominations were received in this office by the closing date of 14th November 2011:

Manuel Cortes nominated by :

Anglia No.1, Anglia No.2, Belfast, CIE Executive Grades, Crewe & Cheshire General, Darlington No.1, Derby & East Midlands, East Midlands Technical, Euston, Ferryways NI, Ireland South Clerical, Gatwick Express, Lancs & Cumbria General, London SW & Middlesex, London Bus Operators, London Met, London SE & Sussex, Medway, Merseyrail, Neath & Swansea, Network Rail Anglia North, Network Rail North London, Network Rail North West, Network Rail West Midlands, Southeastern Metro, Staffordshire, London Underground No.1, Yorkshire No.1 Toc, Yorkshire North.

Margaret Anslow nominated by:

Network Rail Scotland East, Paddington & Thames Valley, Underground Infrastructure.

Under rule, potential candidates must receive 5 nominations from at least two Divisional Councils to qualify as a candidate in an election. Ms Anslow has not fulfilled the criteria of the Rule and is therefore unable to qualify.

Manuel Cortes is therefore declared elected unopposed to the post of TSSA General Secretary for a term of five years beginning on 2nd January 2012.

The Executive Committee has agreed that in the interim Manuel immediately take up the duties of the General Secretary as “General Secretary Elect” until his term of office formally begins in January.

Photo of Manuel Cortes

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