Message from Larry Broderick, General Secretary, to all FSU members

Issued : 16 March 2018


Dear Member,

Tomorrow, Friday 16th March, I will depart from my positon as General Secretary of the Financial Services Union.  Dermot Ryan will commence in the post on Tuesday 20th March.

I just want to take this opportunity to convey my sincere gratitude to the members of the Financial Services Union for the support they have shown to me during my 16 year tenure as General Secretary of our Union.

Working for the Financial Services Union has been the privilege of my working life.  I have dedicated more than 33 years to the organisation and representing its membership.  At all times I have sought to fulfil my role with the utmost integrity and professionalism and I hope I have honoured the trust that you, the members, have placed in me.

It will be a bittersweet moment when I leave the office for the final time tomorrow.  However, I am confident that the Union is well positioned to take on the challenges presented by the modern workplace. 

The Union prides itself on the high quality service it provides to members and this will continue.  In addition, recent years have seen the Union achieve significant progress in attracting staff from the expanding financial services sector, which is important in growing our membership and increasing our influence.

I trust that members will give the new General Secretary the same support, loyalty and indeed constructive criticism that has proved so important during my time as General Secretary.  I think it is appropriate that as we mark the centenary of the founding of our Union that we also look forward to the future, with a new General Secretary determined to see the Union thrive for the next 100 years.

As I reflect on my working life with the Financial Services Union I recall the struggles we have engaged in together to defend the fundamental rights of working people and to achieve decency, fair play and respect in the workplace.  We can be proud of our achievements.

One of the most pressing issues in the banking sector over the coming year will be the need to change the culture of banking.  As you may know, a review by the Central Bank is currently underway and, indeed, FSU has met the Central Bank to discuss the issue.  I firmly believe that change in this area will be of significant benefit to staff, customers and the communities they serve and I hope it will remain a priority for the Union. 

Along with our struggles and achievements on the industrial relations front, I also cherish the friendships I have made with FSU members and colleagues down through the years.  In many respects the Union has been like a second family to me and leaving will not be without some sadness.

It just remains for me to again thank you for your continued support for the Union and to wish you the very best for the future.

Yours sincerely,

Larry Broderick

General Secretary




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