Sally McManus - Secretary

Sally McManus - Secretary

Sally is the 10th Secretary of the ACTU.

Sally is the 10th Secretary of the ACTU. She was the leader of her Union, the ASU in NSW representing community, public sector and private sector workers.  She commenced work with the ASU as an ACTU Trainee Organiser in 1994.

Sally has also worked as a Pizza Hut delivery driver, shop assistant and cleaner and studied Philosophy at University.

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Michele O'Neil - President

Michele O'Neil - President

Michele is the President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions. She began her working life as a waitress, went on to work in the community sector with homeless young people and to then work in the clothing industry.

 

Michele is the President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions. She began her working life as a waitress, went on to work in the community sector with homeless young people and to then work in the clothing industry.

Before being elected as ACTU President in 2018, Michele represented workers in the textile, clothing and footwear industry as an organiser and then Branch and National Secretary of the TCFUA (Textile Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia). She represented her union Nationally and Internationally and led campaigns to win world leading rights for workers throughout clothing supply chains. A model of supply chain accountability for workers which increased pay and conditions for some of Australia’s most exploited workers.

Following the amalgamation of the TCFUA and the CFMEU Michele was CFMEU Vice President.

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Scott Connolly - Assistant Secretary

Scott Connolly - Assistant Secretary

Scott Connolly was re-elected ACTU Assistant Secretary at the ACTU Congress in July 2018.

Scott Connolly was re-elected ACTU Assistant Secretary at the ACTU Congress in July 2018.

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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Liam O'Brien - Assistant Secretary

Liam O'Brien - Assistant Secretary

Liam O’Brien was elected to the position of ACTU Assistant Secretary in December 2018.

Liam started with the AWU Victorian Branch in 2003 as an organiser. It was a role that gave him experience across the state and insight into the issues that concern members.

Liam O’Brien was elected to the position of ACTU Assistant Secretary in December 2018.

Liam started with the AWU Victorian Branch in 2003 as an organiser. It was a role that gave him experience across the state and insight into the issues that concern members from a diverse range of industries.

In 2009 he was elected Victorian Vice-President and in that same year became a national organiser with responsibility for industries including aluminium, glass and construction. In that capacity he played a pivotal role in major campaigns including the fight to save Alcoa Point Henry. In 2013 Liam was elected as AWU National Vice-President and Victorian Assistant Secretary.

Liam has previously been an alternate director of Australian Super and a director of Prime Super.

Liam is responsible for OHS and workers’ compensation matters and is the director of the ACTU’s Centre for work health and safety.

Liam is also a member of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council (ASEC), the National Workplace Relations Consultative Council (NWRCC), and Safe Work Australia (SWA) SIG-WHS.

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