International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
Sharan Burrow was elected General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) at its Second World Congress in Vancouver in June 2010. President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) since 1992, she served as inaugural President of the ITUC from its foundation in Vienna in 2006, of its predecessor organisation, the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions from 2004.
Sharan Burrow was born in 1954 in Warren, New South Wales (NSW), and graduated from the University of NSW as a teacher in 1976, after which she taught at high schools until 1980 when she began working for the NSW Teacher’s Federation. In 1992 she was elected President of the Australian Education Union, until her election as ACTU President.