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Ambrosetti elected to head metalworkers' union

Renzo Ambrosetti, the new head of the metalworkers' union

(Keystone)

Canton Ticino's Renzo Ambrosetti has been elected president of Switzerland's metalworkers' union, in what is being seen as a blow to moves to fuse with the country's construction union.

Ambrosetti was elected on Saturday at the union's congress, held in canton Fribourg. A lawyer by training, he joined the union in 1978, rising to the post of regional secretary in Ticino, before becoming a member of the national directorate in 1994.

He is reported not to favour a plan to merge his own union with that representing construction industry workers, preferring to keep the union's traditional focus and build up membership in its industrial sector. He is also a supporter of increased autonomy for the union's regional sections.

Ambrosetti replaces the union's former president, Christiane Brunner, who was elected to lead the Social Democrats.

swissinfo with agencies

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