From the TUC

Australian trade union leader puts organising first

12 Apr 2009, By

There’s a good profile of Jeff Lawrence, Secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) in the holiday edition of The Age this weekend. It sets out how important organising is to the former LHMU Secretary who became the ACTU Secretary eighteen months ago, when Greg Combet stood down to run for Parliament as part of Kevin Rudd’s electoral triumph. Jeff is less well known internationally than the ACTU President, Sharan Burrow, because she takes the lead on global work and he concentrates on the domestic, but they are very much a team at the top of the ACTU. A large part of Jeff’s work over the last year has been securing the passage of new industrial relations law, but now he is having to turn his attention to the economic crisis. And, of course, dealing with a new Labour Government under a charismatic young leader….. (where have we heard that one before?)