|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 and completed his mandate in May, 2011.
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. He is also chairman of the People's History Museum, Manchester and President of the British Airline Pilots Association. He is a non executive director of Thompsons Solicitors and a Trustee of NOW:Pensions. Additionally, he is a vice - president of Justice for Colombia and of the Smith Institute, and President of the Involvement and Participation Association.
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) and four granddaughters.
- Biography Lord Monks - official website of the UK Parliament
|Deputy General Secretary of the TUC
|General Secretary of the TUC
|General Secretary of the ETUC