Montiel leaves union in July

The Transport and General Workers Union in London today confirmed that Louis Montiel, the union's full-time District Officer for Gibraltar, is to leave the union at the end of July after a long and distinguished career.

Mr. Montiel, who is resigning for health reasons, has served the T&G's membership for just under eleven years in his current role but has been an active member for forty years.

Tony Woodley, T&G General Secretary, paid tribute to Mr. Montiel's work and confirmed that the union has started the process to find his replacement.

"Louis has done a very good job for the union's membership in Gibraltar, especially in the recent campaign against contractorisation by the Ministry of Defence," he said. "The T&G wants to thank him very much for his efforts which have led to a position where we will shortly be presenting a new in-house proposal for the future of local MOD work."

"Louis will be a tough act to follow but he certainly leaves the union in a strong position and with our best wishes," he added.

The union says that Mr. Montiel has led the T&G's high profile campaign to ensure that the local workforce could put forward plans for the future of the MOD work in Gibraltar. Drawing on his experience of working in the public services, including being the T&G convenor, he was involved in lobbying government ministers and civil servants in London as well as managers in Gibraltar. The union will present its plans in early July. Branch officer Victor Ochello will continue his work in supporting these efforts in the MOD.

"I am very pleased that we will present the MOD with our plans for the future,".said Mr. Montiel. "Having stayed on to achieve that important campaign aim I can now leave my job and pass on to a new colleague as we start a new era for the union in Gibraltar."

The T&G said the recruitment and selection process to find a successor for Mr. Montiel would be completed by late July.