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BURROW, Sharan

Born: 1954

Special Achievements:

In 2000, Sharan Burrow became the first woman President of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) Asia Pacific Region.  In 2004, she was first woman ICFTU President; in 2006, the first woman President of the ITUC (International Trade Union Confederation - the world’s peak labour union body representing 181 million workers in 163 countries and territories and has 340 national affiliates); and in 2010: first woman elected General Secretary of the ITUC (re-elected 2014). Sharan was the second woman to become President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (2000-2010).

Additional Information:

Sharan was educated at the University of New South Wales.  After teaching for some years, Sharan took a more active role in her union, the Teachers Federation.  She became Vice-President and then Federal President of the Australian Education Union in 1996-7. 


  • Image - Sharan Burrow

    Image courtesy of Sharan Burrow, NPWHF collection