13 June 2017
Amanda Brown, NUT Assistant General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, has been elected onto the governing body of the International Labour Organisation, workers' group. This is the first time that a woman has been elected to this post from the UK trade union movement.
The ILO, an agency of the UN, brings together governments, employers and workers representatives of 187 member States to promote rights at work, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues.
Kevin Courtney, General Secretary, National Union of Teachers, said; “The ILO is based on the premise that universal, lasting peace can be established only if it is based on social justice. Amanda has previously presented evidence to the ILO of ways in which the UK falls short of international standards. The NUT has a proud history of international solidarity and I am delighted that Amanda has been elected to take up this important role.
Amanda Brown, Assistant General Secretary, NUT said; “I am delighted and honoured to take on this role. The ILO is a unique international body, giving an equal voice to workers alongside employers and governments, to promote labour standards and rights at work. It is no accident that greater levels of respect for trade union rights go hand in hand with greater levels of equality and justice. The struggle we face is to ensure that ILO standards are made real for every worker in all countries of the world."