Sally McManus

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Sally McManus
Sally McManus Secretary of the ACTU.jpg
Secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions
Assumed office
15 March 2017
Preceded by Dave Oliver
Personal details
Born Sally McManus
Sydney, Australia
Nationality Australian
Profession Unionist

Sally McManus is an Australian trade unionist and political activist who has served as the Secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions since 2017.


McManus went to Carlingford High School in Sydney and studied for a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy at university.[1] McManus was president of the Macquarie University student union, and was also briefly involved in the student council.[2]


McManus was NSW Secretary of the Australian Services Union before becoming ACTU Secretary.[1] She moved to the ACTU during 2015. During the 2016 federal election, McManus led the ACTU's "Building a Better Future" campaign.[3] McManus has stated that the ACTU will not be distancing itself from the CFMEU over industrial action.[4]


In 2012, McManus was active in the "Destroy the Joint" campaign formed in response to radio broadcaster Alan Jones's criticism of then Prime Minister Julia Gillard and other prominent women.[5] Her activism was recognised in 2015 when she received an Edna Ryan Award in the Grand Stirrer category.

Personal life[edit]

McManus is an enthusiastic player of computer games, and describes herself as “the definition of a total gamer”, who has been playing since the DOS era. She particularly enjoys Metal Gear Solid, on PlayStation, and says her favourite of all is Civilization.[6]


  1. ^ a b Patty, Anna (15 March 2017). "Sally McManus becomes the first female ACTU secretary". Sydney Morning Herald. 
  2. ^ Meade, Amanda (29 March 2017). "Attack on union leader Sally McManus by the Australian newspaper backfires". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 March 2017. 
  3. ^ Karp, Paul (1 February 2017). "ACTU vice-president Sally McManus likely to be union body's first female secretary". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 March 2017. 
  4. ^ Sales, Leigh (15 March 2017). "New ACTU boss says it's OK for workers to break 'unjust laws'". 7.30. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  5. ^ Fife-Yeomans, Janet (10 October 2012). "Labor linked to anti-Jones campaigners". Daily Telegraph. 
  6. ^ "What makes a gamer? Sally McManus, Jordan Raskopoulos and more on why they play | Technology". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-10-11. 

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