Gene Mealy became SIPTU Vice President in April 2015. He had previously served as SIPTU Public Administration and Community Division Organiser since 2010 and prior to that worked for eight years as a Regional Secretary of the union.
Gene is the Vice-Chairperson of the Public Services Committee of ICTU and played a key role in negotiating the Croke Park and Haddington Road public service agreements.
Over his 29 years as a union organiser with initially the FWUI and later SIPTU, Gene has represented members across the private, public and community sectors. He has experience at all levels of the State’s industrial relations machinery including the Labour Court, Labour Relations Commission and the Employment Appeals Tribunal.
From Cork, Gene’s extensive industrial experience includes working as General Secretary of the Irish Agricultural Advisors Association (1985 -1987). He also served as secretary of the union’s branch in county Louth and of the Commercial Semi-State branch in the 1990s. He served as Branch Secretary of Cork No. 7 Branch from 1996 to 2002.
During the restructuring of the union, Gene successfully managed the transition from Regional to Divisional structure and the establishment of the Public Administration and Community Division developing its sectors in Education, State Related, Community and Local Authorities.
Gene has played a central role in establishing SIPTU as an organising union, building density and industrial leverage in key employments and industries. During the union’s restructuring he emphasised the central role of shop stewards, activists and members as well as working with allies in the wider trade union movement.
Gene is a long-term member of the Labour Party.