Meet Brendan Barber, General Secretary of TUC

From austerity to prosperity

Wednesday 6 April 2011, 18:00-20:30Photograph of Brendan Barber General Secretary of Trades Union Congress

Britain is at a historically important crossroads. As it tries to cut the deficit, the government is making the fastest and deepest spending cuts in living memory. But these could undermine growth, jobs and economic recovery, making the public finances worse in the long term. Is there a credible alternative strategy? How do we rebalance our economy so we can compete in the global markets of the future? And how can businesses, unions and government work together to rebuild our national prosperity? These questions will form the basis of Brendan’s address as he explores the current economic deficit.

Event Details

Brendan Barber's address will be held at:

Future Inns Cabot Circus Hotel
Bond Street South


Brendan Barber is General Secretary of the TUC, which represents 55 unions with a total membership of around 6.2 million working in all sectors of the economy.

Brendan was born in Southport and attended St Mary’s College in Crosby. After a gap year teaching with VSO in Ghana, he took a degree in social sciences at City University London, where he became President of the Student Union.

After working for an industrial training board for a year he joined the TUC in 1975, becoming Head of the Press Department in 1979 and the Industrial Relations Department in 1987 before being appointed Deputy General Secretary in 1993.  He was elected General Secretary in 2003 and has served on a number of public bodies, including the ACAS Council. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Court of the Bank of England. 

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