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Sharan Burrow
Sharan Burrow World Economic Forum 2013.jpg
Burrow speaking at the 2013 World Economic Forum meeting
2nd General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation
Assumed office
June 2010
Preceded byGuy Ryder
9th President of the ACTU
In office
2000–2010
Preceded byJennie George
Succeeded byGed Kearney
1st President of the International Trade Union Confederation
In office
November 2006 – June 2010
Preceded bynew office
Succeeded byMichael Sommer
President of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions
In office
2004–2006
Preceded byFackson Shamenda
Succeeded byorganisation abolished
President of the Australian Education Union
In office
1992–2000
Personal details
Born (1954-12-12) 12 December 1954 (age 66)
Warren, New South Wales, Australia
Political partyLabor
Alma materUniversity of New South Wales
ProfessionTeacher

Sharan Leslie Burrow AC (born 12 December 1954) is the General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)[1] and a former President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) (2000–2010). She is the first woman to become General Secretary of the ITUC since its foundation in 2006, and was the second woman to become President of the ACTU.

Early involvement in Australian labour movement

Burrow was born in Warren, New South Wales to a family with strong involvement in the labour movement. She graduated in teaching with the University of New South Wales in 1976 and became a teacher in the early 1980s, which allowed her to become involved in the New South Wales Teachers Federation. She later became President of the Bathurst Trades and Labor Council. Before becoming President of the ACTU she was also President of the Australian Education Union (AEU) in 1992.

Presidency of the Australian Council of Trade Unions

Burrow was elected President of the ACTU in May 2000. The most significant public event of her term of office was the ACTU's 'Your Rights at Work' campaign against the Howard Government's 'WorkChoices' industrial relations legislation in the lead up to the 2007 Australian federal election. At the election, the Howard government was defeated, and the incoming Rudd Government repealed the WorkChoices legislation and replaced it with the Fair Work Act 2009, which was praised by the ACTU for its restoration and protection of many workers' rights (such as the right to organise and negotiate collectively) which has been removed or jeopardised by the earlier legislation.[2]

Burrow is a significant figure at the International Labour Organization (ILO).[citation needed]

At the time of her presidency with ACTU, a PPL (Paid Parental Leave) policy program was passed in Australia, for which she said; this would give dignity and respect to women workers.

Burrow continued as President of the ACTU until the end of June 2010 when she demitted office and was elected General Secretary (i.e. leader) of the International Trade Union Confederation.[3]

Involvement in international labour movement

Burrow in a meeting with the president of Argentina and two unionists from that country, in Cannes in 2011
Burrow in a meeting with the president of Argentina and two unionists from that country, in Cannes in 2011

Before her election as General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation on 25 June 2010,[4]

Burrow was President of the ITUC from its foundation in 2006 until her election as General Secretary in 2010 and had previously been the first female President of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), a forerunner institution of the ITUC, between 2004 and its absorption into the ITUC in 2006.

Recognising the significance of her election as the first female leader of the world's largest international trade union organisation, in her acceptance speech after becoming General Secretary of the ITUC, Burrow underlined the necessity of female participation in organised labour:

I am a warrior for women and we still have work to ensure the inclusion of women in the work place and in our unions. The struggles for women are multiple – too often within their families for independence, then in the workplace for rights and equal opportunity, in their unions for access and representation and then as union leaders. But the investment in and participation of women is not only a moral mandate it is an investment in democracy and a bulwark against fundamentalism and oppression. Organising women is and must continue to be a priority for the ITUC.

— Sharan Burrow.[4]

Since 2014, Burrow has been a member of the Global Commission for the Economy and Climate, co-chaired by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nicholas Stern and Paul Polman.[5]

Other activities

Corporate boards

Non-profit organizations

References

  1. ^ "About us". ITUC. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
  2. ^ "ACTU Factsheet July 2009 – Fair Work Act 2009: better rights for working Australians and their families" (PDF). ACTU Online. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 December 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
  3. ^ "Member Profiles – Burrow, Sharan". ACTU Worksite. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Sharan Burrow Acceptance Speech". ITUC Online. 20 June 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
  5. ^ Members Global Commission for the Economy and Climate.
  6. ^ Leila Abboud (26 June 2020), Danone adopts new legal status to reflect social mission Financial Times.
  7. ^ Danone becomes an “Entreprise à Mission” Danone, press release of 24 June 2020.
  8. ^ "ICTUR Homepage". ICTUR Online. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
  9. ^ Supervisory Board European Climate Foundation.
  10. ^ "Honorary Chairs". World Justice Project. Archived from the original on 5 January 2009. Retrieved 24 February 2010.
  11. ^ "About the". World Justice Project. Archived from the original on 3 February 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2010.
  12. ^ "The B Team | Leaders". The B Team. Retrieved 25 November 2021.

External links

Media related to Sharan Burrow at Wikimedia Commons

Trade union offices
Preceded by President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions
2000–2010
Succeeded by
Preceded by President of the ICFTU Asia and Pacific Regional Organisation
2000–2005
Succeeded by
Preceded by
New position
President of the International Trade Union Confederation
2006–2010
Succeeded by
Preceded by General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation
2010–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
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