Burrow speaking at the 2013 World Economic Forum meeting
|2nd General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation|
|Assumed office |
|Preceded by||Guy Ryder|
|9th President of the ACTU|
|Preceded by||Jennie George|
|Succeeded by||Ged Kearney|
|1st President of the International Trade Union Confederation|
November 2006 – June 2010
|Preceded by||new office|
|Succeeded by||Michael Sommer|
|President of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions|
|Preceded by||Fackson Shamenda|
|Succeeded by||organisation abolished|
|President of the Australian Education Union|
|Born||12 December 1954|
Warren, New South Wales, Australia
|Alma mater||University of New South Wales|
Sharan Leslie Burrow International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) 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.(born 12 December 1954) is the General Secretary of the
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 At the election, the Howard government was defeated, and the incoming Rudd Government repealed the WorkChoices legislation and replaced it with the Fair Work Act 2009, which was praised by the ACTU for its restoration and protection of many workers'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.
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.
Involvement in international labour movement
Before her election as General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation on 25 June 2010,
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.
- International Centre for Trade Union Rights (ICTUR), President
- European Climate Foundation, Member of the Supervisory Board
- World Justice Project, Honorary Co-Chair
- "About us". ITUC. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
- "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.
- "Member Profiles – Burrow, Sharan". ACTU Worksite. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
- "Sharan Burrow Acceptance Speech". ITUC Online. 20 June 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
- Members Global Commission for the Economy and Climate.
- Leila Abboud (June 26, 2020), Danone adopts new legal status to reflect social mission Financial Times.
- Danone becomes an “Entreprise à Mission” Danone, press release of June 24, 2020.
- "ICTUR Homepage". ICTUR Online. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
- Supervisory Board European Climate Foundation.
- "Honorary Chairs". World Justice Project. Archived from the original on 5 January 2009. Retrieved 24 February 2010.
- "About the". World Justice Project. Archived from the original on 3 February 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2010.
Media related to Sharan Burrow at Wikimedia Commons
|Trade union offices|
| President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions
| President of the ICFTU Asia and Pacific Regional Organisation
| President of the International Trade Union Confederation
| General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation