SIPTU delegates have elected a new Honorary President, Mary O’Sullivan, and Honorary Vice President, John Montgomery, at the union’s Biennial Delegate Conference in Sligo today (Wednesday, 30th March). A SIPTU shop steward in AXA Insurance and member of the union’s Hospitality and Financial Services Sector within its Services Division, Mary O’Sullivan said that her priority as Honorary President will be “increasing the membership of the union and ending precarious work practices”. She added: “I will also be focusing on the development of the SIPTU District Council network and the major internal discussion within the union on the future of work in Ireland.” Incoming Honorary Vice President, John Montgomery, is a shop steward in Britvic Ireland and an activist in the Agri-food Sector of the SIPTU Manufacturing Division. He said: “A major focus will be on solidifying the gains of the Stop67 campaign and ensuring there is no attempt by Government to raise the retirement age beyond 66 years of age. Seeking improved job security for our members and those entering the workforce is another key concern.” He added: “SIPTU must also continue to develop its ability to support workers, their families and their communities in the face of current crises which include the steep rise in the cost of living and a rapidly changing international environment.” The three-day, SIPTU Biennial Delegate Conference concluded today (Wednesday, 30th March) in the Clayton Hotel in Sligo. It was attended by more than 350 delegates who debated and discussed motions focused on improving the lives of workers in Ireland.