Ged Kearney - President

Ged Kearney - President

Gerardine (Ged) Kearney was re-elected as ACTU President at the ACTU Congress in May 2015, a position she has held since 2010.

Gerardine (Ged) Kearney was re-elected as ACTU President at the ACTU Congress in May 2015, a position she has held since 2010.

Previously, Ged was the Federal Secretary of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), after stints as Assistant Federal Secretary, Federal President and Victorian Branch President.

Ged grew up in the inner Melbourne suburb of Richmond, where she was brought up in a household emphasising the importance of the collective in politics and society.

Ged became a registered nurse in 1985 and worked in a variety of roles in public and private acute sectors, including manager of the Clinical Nursing Education Department at Austin Health. She has a Bachelor in Education.

She also participated in the famous Victorian nurses’ strike of 1986 which resulted in substantial improvements to pay and conditions.

As Federal Secretary, Ged’s nursing and industrial experience advanced the professional and industrial rights of ANMF members, overseeing substantial membership growth and the first national growth campaign in the private sector aged care sector.

As ACTU President, Ged strives to improve the working lives and conditions for all Australian workers. She believes that unions should also continue to be at the forefront of public debate to ensure a better future for Australia.

Ged is a director of CBUS Super Fund.

Ged has four children and lives in Melbourne. She is a proud Richmond Tigers supporter

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Sally McManus - Secretary

Sally McManus - Secretary

Sally McManus was appointed Secretary in March 2017. She was previously the Vice President directing the ACTU's campaigns.

Prior to joining the ACTU Sally was the Branch Secretary and an Organiser with the ASU in NSW and the ACT for 22 years. During Sally's time as ASU Secretary their membership grew from 9,500 to 12,000 members. She has led many successful campaigns in the private, public and community sectors including a campaign preventing water privatisation and the Equal Pay campaign for community and disability workers that delivered between 18-40% pay increases.

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Michael Borowick - Assistant Secretary

Michael Borowick - Assistant Secretary

Michael was re-elected as ACTU Assistant Secretary at the ACTU Congress in May 2015, a position he has held since 2010.

Michael was re-elected as ACTU Assistant Secretary at the ACTU Congress in May 2015, a position he has held since 2010.

Previously Michael was an official of The Australian Workers’ Union (AWU) for 20 years, where he was the Victorian Branch Assistant Secretary and a member of the National Executive. 

Michael began his working life as an electrician, starting his apprenticeship in the building and construction industry. 

During his time at the AWU, Michael’s strong union values were integral to assisting members from various industries including steel, glass, metal, manufacturing, carpentry, joinery, building, construction, plastics and chemicals. 

As ACTU Assistant Secretary, Michael oversees all Occupational Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation matters to ensure all workers have access to safe and healthy workplaces.

Michael also represents the ACTU as a Director on the HESTA board, the industry super fund for Health and Community Services, as a member of the National Workplace Relations Consultative Council, Safe Work Australia, Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission, Defence Reserves Support Council and Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council.

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Scott Connolly - Assistant Secretary

Scott Connolly - Assistant Secretary

Scott Connolly was elected ACTU Assistant Secretary at the ACTU Congress in May 2015.

Scott Connolly was elected ACTU Assistant Secretary at the ACTU Congress in May 2015.

Prior to this he was Assistant Secretary at the Transport Workers Union (TWU) Queensland branch.

Scott grew up in western Sydney, and like many young Australians, his first job was working the trolley at Woolworths during high school, where he stayed for 12 years in a variety of roles from dockhand to payroll.

It was there he began his involvement in the union movement, joining the SDA and becoming a delegate so he could have a say in management’s decisions.

Scott started at the TWU as an Industrial Officer before moving across three branches over 16 years where he was instrumental in protecting workers in the transport industry, including legal changes to recognise trucks as a workplace and protecting bus drivers from violence.

Scott was also involved in achieving domestic violence leave and increasing parental leave entitlements for Virgin members and leading the 2011 Qantas members’ campaign when management grounded the airline.

As ACTU Assistant Secretary, Scott is passionate about fighting for a better future to ensure the next generation are not left worse off by the current generation.

Scott has a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations, writing his honours thesis on the ACTU and the TWU during the Accord, and has studied in trade union leadership at the Harvard Law School.

Outside of work, he is a proud father of three kids and on his son's advice, is a Western Bulldogs supporter.

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