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Award for Sharan Burrow, ITUC President

Congratulations to International Trade Union Confederation General Secretary Sharan Burrow on being awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia. 

From a New South Wales School Teacher, to ACTU President and now the leader of the global union movement, Sharan has spent her life in the service of others. 

ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow: “As a trade unionist this award represents a recognition of the courage and the dedication of hundreds of thousands of working women and men who collectively stand up for democratic rights and freedoms, for social justice and the rule of law.

“There have been many highlights. Paid parental leave, rights at work, negotiating pay rises, resolving tough industrial disputes, dismantling slavery in the Gulf States, action on climate change – these all come from the collective power of working people, not just one person. This award is recognition for the women and men who have stood up, spoken out and never given up on campaigns to change the rules. The recognition gives us all more motivation to boost our efforts to rebuild trust in democracy, with transparency and accountability.”

We congratulate Sharan on this award. 

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