NUGFW heading for change in leadership
National Union of Government and Federated Workers,
15 September 2000
In the first round of nominations for National Executive Officers it
has become clear that the largest union in the country is heading for
a change of leadership.
The Triennial Convention of the National Union of Government and
Federated Workers, which is due to be held in October, elects the
union's National Executive Officers from nominations made by Sections,
Divisions and General Branches within the union.
In the key position of President General there has been only one
nomination - that of Robert Giuseppi, the current 1st Deputy President
This means that Selwyn John, who has served the union in a full-time
capacity for fifty years, is now stepping down.
Mr. John was the General Secretary of the union for a number of years
before being elected as its President General in 1986.
Robert Giuseppi, who was nominated by two of the unions three
Divisions, seven of the unionís eight Sections and 14 General
is the end of an era. They donít make them like Selwyn John
anymore. He was
from that school of early trade unionists that learnt the hard way
and came up
from the grass roots. He can still go anywhere in the country and be
recognised and spoken to by our members. He is not going to be an
easy act to
Mr. John is expected to continue his relationship with the union in
the capacity of special advisor.
The nominations also showed James Lambert being nominated unopposed as
1st Deputy President General - the position now held by Robert
Mr. Lambert is currently the 2nd Deputy President General.
For all the other positions up for election more than one nomination
has been made.
Under the Rules of the union, a member can only stand for one
position. The next phase of the electoral process requires those who
have been nominated for more than one position to decide by the end of
Friday 15th September which one they wish to contest.
Any remaining contested positions will be subject to election at the
Triennial Convention on 28th October.