Billy Hayes - GS
Billy Hayes is the general secretary (GS) of the Communication Workers Union (CWU). The CWU is the seventh largest union in Britain with around 201,900 members.
Born in Liverpool, Billy became an apprentice fitter welder for a number of years after leaving school and also worked at John West Foods. After taking a six-month break hitchhiking around Europe he joined the Post Office as a postman in 1974 and became a member of the union on his first day.
As a lay activist for 18 years, Billy took on several different duties within the Liverpool Amal Branch - including branch organiser, unit representative, area representative and branch secretary. In 1992 he was elected as a divisional representative and served on the executive council. Four months later Billy was elected as assistant secretary for the outdoor section of the postal department, responsible for delivery staff, cleaners and cash carrying.
In 2001, after nine years in the role of assistant secretary, Billy was elected general secretary of the CWU.
In 2011, the same year that he was re-elected for a third five-year term as general secretary, Billy was also elected as world president of post and logistics for UNI Global, the international trade union organisation. Billy also serves as vice chair of Trade Union Liaison Organisation (TULO) and vice chair of the National Policy Forum of the Labour Party. Billy is a member of the TUC Executive Committee, TUC General Council and is spokesperson for the TUC on Europe.
Find out more about Billy by reading his detailed biography or visit Billy's Blog.