Frances O’Grady is to take over from Brendan Barber as TUC General Secretary when he retires at the end of the year. Ms O’Grady has been at the TUC as Deputy General Secretary for nine years and in other capacities for another nine, before which she worked as a researcher and campaigner on social justice and equality issues at the Transport and General Workers Union. She is seen by many as being on the Left. Frances O’Grady said:
This is a great honour. Never has a strong responsible trade union movement been so needed. With austerity policies biting hard and with no evidence that they are working, people at work need the TUC to speak up for them now more than ever.
We must be the advocates of the growth and jobs alternative. And with the policy prescriptions of the last 30 years increasingly discredited, we have the best opportunity in a generation to help build a fair, productive and green economy that works for ordinary people.