- Before joining the TUC Frances O'Grady worked for the Transport and General Workers Union, where she campaigned for minimum wage.
- The 52-year-old was appointed as TUC Campaigns Officer in 1994 and ran campaigns for equal rights for part-timers and against low pay.
- In 1997, she was appointed to head up the New Unionism campaign and launched the TUC's Organising Academy.
- Frances went on to head up the TUC’s organisation department in 1999. She was appointed Deputy General Secretary in 2003.
- She will become the TUC's first female general secretary when she takes over from Brendan Barber at the end of the year.
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