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Frances O'Grady

General Secretary


Frances O’Grady is General Secretary of the British Trade Union Congress (TUC), and is the first woman ever to hold that post. She has been an active trade unionist and campaigner all her working life. She joined the TUC as campaigns officer in 1994, and launched the Organising Academy in 1997. Ms O’Grady headed up the TUC’s organisation department in 1999, reorganising local skills projects into unionlearn which now helps a quarter of a million workers into learning every year. As deputy general secretary from 2003, Frances led on the environment, industrial policy, the NHS and winning an agreement covering the 2012 Olympics. She has served as a member of the Low Pay Commission, the High Pay Centre, the Resolution Foundation’s Commission on Living Standards, the Commission on Economic Justice and the government’s National Retraining Partnership. Fair pay remains a core ambition – she was on the Resolution Foundation's Commission on Living Standards, and has been a member of the Low Pay and the High Pay Commissions. Frances is a strong believer in protecting the public service ethos, opposes privatisation and leads the TUC campaign to save the NHS.