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Transport workers union leader to step down

Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association leader Gerry Doherty announced today that he is stepping down as the general secretary of Britain’s second largest rail union.

The 58-year-old union leader is taking early retirement after seven years in post.

“I think this is the right time to go given all the challenges the union is facing in the coming years,” he said, adding that the union was in merger talks with sister union the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers which he hoped would come into effect next year.

A secret ballot of the union’s 28,000 members will be held in November to choose his successor and the new general secretary will take over on 1 January 2012.

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