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