SIPTU has congratulated the union’s current Vice President, Patricia King, following the announcement that she has been appointed as the new General Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. Speaking on behalf of the union, SIPTU General President, Jack O’Connor, said: “We would like to offer our warmest congratulations to Patricia King on her appointment as the new General Secretary of Congress. Patricia is eminently qualified to assume the role. She is one of the most experienced and skilled trade union representatives in the country.“Patricia has served in virtually every capacity in the trade union movement from shop floor activist, trade union organiser, advocate and negotiator. Patricia was the first woman to be elected as a national officer in the history of SIPTU – a role she has discharged with distinction. During her years with SIPTU she has represented the Union in many tough and intractable disputes.”He added: “She has also defended and advanced the interests of workers in several major national negotiations, most recently the Croke Park and Haddington Road Agreements. She has always been held in the highest regard at all levels in SIPTU and commanded respect from employers, Government and in the wider public domain.“We wish her every success as she assumes one of the most important and difficult roles in the trade union movement and we look forward to continuing to work with her in the interests of union members and working people generally.”