Belfast Telegraph

Siptu president 'stepping down'

The leader of one of the country's biggest unions is to stand down.

Jack O'Connor is stepping aside from his role as general president of Siptu after 14-and-a-half years in the job.

The union boss will not be retiring but taking on another role with the organisation.

Siptu said the decision was taken after a meeting of the union's national executive council.

Mr O'Connor was a national executive officer for 18 years including a long period as general president. He also served as a president of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.

"While he is stepping down on completion of his third term, he is not retiring and will continue to work for the union in another capacity," Siptu said.

Joe Cunningham has taken over as the union's spokesman on general policy.

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