We’re excited and proud to share that past union Secretary Greg Vines has been nominated by the Commonwealth Government as Director General of the International Labour Organisation.
Greg led the union through its renaming from the Tasmanian Public Sector Association (TPSA) to State Public Services Federation (SPSF), and our amalgamation with the Public Services Union (PSU) to form the Community & Public Sector Union as you know us today!
Between 1984 and 1999 Greg served the union movement as Secretary of the TPSA and as President of the Trades and Labour Council. As leader of our union, Greg prosecuted one of Australia’s first pay equity cases, recognising the professional status of librarians.
Greg went on to serve as State Services Commissioner, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Innovation, Industry & Regional Development, as Victoria’s Public Sector Standards Commissioner, Chair of the Timor Leste Civil Service Taskforce to lead the reform and development of public administration. This included design and implementation of new legislation, and establishment of an independent Civil Service Commission after independence.
He then would serve on Australia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva and was elected Deputy Director General in 2012.
Since the ILO was established in 1919, it has determined international standards (conventions) on labour, employment, and social justice issues, with biennial budget in excess of $1.2B and over 3,000 staff.
Minister Cash said that in almost a decade as deputy director-general for management and reform, Greg has “demonstrated leadership and delivered significant organisational reform and governance improvements.”
If he succeeds, Greg will be the first director-general from the Indo-Pacific region.
All of us at the CPSU family wish him all the very best.
Read more: https://www.gregvinesilo.gov.au/