|The Right Honourable
The Lord Monks
Monks was re-elected at the ETUC congress in Sevilla in 2007
5 August 1945 |
John Stephen Monks, Baron Monks (born 5 August 1945 in Manchester) is a member of the House of Lords and was the General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in the UK from 1993 until 2003, when he became the General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC).
He attended Ducie Technical High School (became Ducie High School then closed in 2003 to become Manchester Academy) next to the University of Manchester on Lloyd Street North in Moss Side, Manchester (three years below John Thaw). He studied Economic History at the University of Nottingham.
From 1967 to 1969, he was a management trainee and junior manager with Plessey in Surrey.
He joined the TUC in 1969 and by 1977 was the head of the Organisation and Industrial Relations Department, and the Deputy General Secretary in 1987, leading to his election in 1993 as General Secretary.
He was re-elected as General Secretary in 2007.
Monks has also sat on numerous other bodies, including Acas from 1979 until 1995. In 2000, he agreed to chair the Co-operative Commission, reporting in 2001 with recommendations for the co-operative movement. Since 2008 he is Vice-President of European Movement international.He is also chairman of the People's History Museum, Manchester. Monks as General Secretary of the ETUC was one of the organisers of the 9th of April, 2011 demonstration in Budapest, the Andrássy avenue. He said: we will not pay the price ! At that time the ETUC was a union of 82 national trade union confederations and 12 European union confederations. 6 Hungarian trade unions (LIGA, ASZSZ, SZEF, ÉSZT, MSZOSZ, MOSZ) joined on the demonstration.
House of Lords
He supports Manchester United F.C., Swinton Lions rugby league club, and Lancashire CCC. He married Francine Schenk in 1970 in north-west Surrey and they have two sons (born 1973 and 1976) and a daughter (born 1981).
- Biography Lord Monks - official website of the UK Parliament
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