Our Sharan Burrow, who was ACTU President 2000-2010, is now the most senior union leader in the world. She was elected to the position of Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) in 2010 - the world trade union body representing 174 million workers in 156 countries. Not bad for a girl from Warren in country NSW!
Sharan leads the movement from Brussels, when she is not travelling the world speaking up for workers' rights everywhere.
Everyone's union activism starts somewhere, and for Sharan it was when she was a high school teacher in country NSW and was elected to be the local representative for the NSW Teachers Federation. She became the President of the Bathurst Trades and Labour Council and went on to hold positions with the NSW Teachers Federation before becoming President of the Australian Education Union and then President of the ACTU. Sharan left her position at the ACTU when she was elected as the first Australian and first woman to become the Secretary of the ITUC. The Australian union movement has produced many great leaders and fighters and we are proud of the work Sharan is doing on behalf of all workers.
Sharan was the ACTU President during some tough times under the previous Coalition Government and has sent this message to Australian union members. Share to spread the word.
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