Kenneth George "Ken" Douglas, ONZ LLD (born 15 November 1935) is a New Zealand trade union leader. Ken was born in Wellington and educated at Wellington College. Ken married Lesley Winter in 1956, and they have four children: Jane, Peter, Helen and John.
As President of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions until 1999 Douglas led the union movement in New Zealand for over fifteen years. His union career started in the Wellington Driver's Union. He was also leader of the Socialist Unity Party in the 1970s and 1980s. He stood for parliament in the safe Labour seat of Porirua in the 1972 election, 1975 election and 1978 election, receiving 68, 46 and 70 votes respectively.
Since his retirement from the CTU Douglas has been active in local politics as a Porirua City Councillor (1998-), Porirua Licensing Trustee (2001-2007) and elected member of the Capital and Coast District Health Board (2001-2010). Douglas has served on boards of Air NZ, NZ Post, NZ Trade and Enterprise, New Zealand Rugby Union and Healthcare NZ.
An acknowledged Marxist, Douglas has moved to the right over the last two decades and currently sits on the NZRU Board. He is also chairperson of Positively Wellington Business and a board member of the Asia NZ Foundation. He is widely respected across a very broad political spectrum of notable individuals for his capacity to see complex issues and their practical solutions in straightforward terms.
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