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Deputy General Secretary
Paul Nowak

Paul Nowak became Deputy General Secretary of the TUC in February 2016.

Paul first became a union member when he worked part-time at Asda aged 17 and joined GMB. He has been a union rep and activist in GMB, with CWU when working as a call centre operator for BT, and with UNISON whilst working in Cheshire County Council’s bus information team.

Paul joined the first intake of the TUC's Organising Academy in 1998, becoming an organiser for banking union BIFU, now part of Unite.

In 1999, Paul joined the TUC’s staff, later becoming Regional Secretary for the North of England, Organising Academy Director, and subsequently Head of TUC Organisation and Services. 

He extended the scope and reach of the TUC’s Organising Academy, and launched the Leading Change programme, which has supported hundreds of senior union officers with issues of strategic change for unions.

In 2010, Paul helped lead the campaign against the government's changes to public sector pensions, including supporting negotiations with HMT and the Cabinet Office, and co-ordinating 30 public sector unions to take strike action. 

He was appointed to the role of Assistant General Secretary in 2013, where he helped unions to mediate and resolve disputes in key national employers.

As Deputy General Secretary, Paul has developed key new programmes for the TUC. The Building an Inclusive TUC programme is making the organisation a more diverse and inclusive place to work. He oversees the work of the TUC’s Digital Lab and new Solidarity Hub initiative, supporting affiliate unions in disputes.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Paul led union efforts to develop safe working guidance with government, ensuring millions of workers had a safer environment to work in.

Paul represents the TUC and working people with government, in the media and on public bodies such as the Strategic Trade Advisory Group. 

Paul lives in Merseyside, is married to Vicky, and has three children. He is a lifelong Everton fan, and in his spare time can either be found spending time with family, playing the guitar with friends, or exploring Britain’s canals.

Paul Nowak
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