ITUC management increases salary spend by 10% whilst reducing its workforce.

The ITUC is quick to criticize corporations and Governments, often those of emerging nations, but these days it appears that it wouldn’t have to go so far to find situations to critique.

Audited accounts released by ITUC and its auditors for 2013 show that of the 11.7m Euros that ITUC raised from its members, ordinary workers paying union dues, 8.7m Euros was spent on the organization’s Head office and its staff in Brussels.

Over 100,000 Euros per month was spent on head office rent and 5.7m on staff salaries. Staff salaries increased by 200,000 Euro from 2012 in a year when its parent organization the International Labour Organization (ILO) reportedly laid off 1600 of its workers.

Never the less ITUC’s regionals offices and organizations also consumed over 3m Euros in expenditure.

The ITUC claims that its primary mission is the promotion and defense of workers’ rights and interests, through international cooperation between trade unions, global campaigning and advocacy within the major global institutions. Workers however are rightly beginning to ask exactly what they get from the ITUC.

Insiders working for the ITUC talk about a cult of ego as senior managers seek publicity and plot their next promotion or move into politics using the ITUC as a platform for their own personal development.

Sharan Burrow the current General Secretary is a classic Union bureaucrat who has risen to success on the shoulders of every day workers much like the Corporate executives she loves to pillory.   Her profile on the ITUC website claims that she was elected General Secretary of the ITUC at its Second World Congress in Vancouver, June 2010. Prior to this, she held the position of ITUC President since its Founding Congress in Vienna (November 2006) and the position of ICFTU President since its 18th World Congress in Miyazaki (November 2004). She is the first woman to have hald(SIC) any of these positions.

Sharan was born in 1954 in Warren, a small town in western NSW, into a family with a long history of involvement in unions.Sharandid have a real job as a teacher for a few years in the early 80s. But it seems she realized that it was better to become an‘organizer’ rather than to keep working as a teacher. Following roles with the NSW Teachers’ Federation’, and as President of the Bathurst Trades and Labour Council during the 1980s, Sharan was elected Senior Vice-President of the NSW Teachers’ Federation and became President of the Australian Education Union (AEU) in 1992. She represented the AEU on the ACTU Executive through the 1990s.Sharan was Vice-President of Education International from 1995 to 2000.

In May 2000, Sharan Burrow became the second woman to be elected President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU).In October 2000, Sharan also became the first woman to be elected President of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions Asia Pacific Region Organisation.

She has also served as a member of the Governing Body of the International LabourOrganisation and a member of the Stakeholder Council of the Global Reporting Initiative. As part of her ILO responsibilities, Sharan chaired the Workers’ Group of the Sub-Committee on Multinational Enterprises.Sharan Burrow was re-elected General Secretary of the ITUC at its 3rd Congress, in Berlin, May 2014.

She is clearly very proud of her senior management experience.It seems that the ITUC is indeed helping workers of the world, all be it starting with the ITUC’ssenior management


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