TONY Woodley, who has led trade union UNITE for three years has been replaced in his post.
Today (Wednesday) the news will be formally announced that the union’s new general secretary is Len McCluskey, ending Woodley’s three-year reign at the top.
Mr Woodley, from Little Sutton, stepped aside as joint general secretary, having been in the post since the union’s creation in 2007.
He came into the role automatically after being the boss at the Transport & General Workers Union, which merged with Amicus to form Unite.
In those three years he worked hard to save Vauxhall in Ellesmere Port, where he was once a union convenor before becoming a full-time union official.
This year he took centre stage as BA workers went on strike about pay when talks were held between him and BA chief Willie Walsh.
Labour stalwart Len McCluskey, 61, won 101,000 votes, beating left-wing candidate Jerry Hicks into second with 52,000 to replace Mr Woodley and Derek Simpson.