President Wendy Nichols and general secretary Dave Prentis have congratulated UNISON’s Gloria Mills on her election as president of the European Trade Union Confederation women’s committee for the next four years.
The ETUC represents 60 million union members across the EU and its immediate neighbours.
Ms Mills is the first Black woman to hold the post and will focus on issues such as parental rights, equal pay and fighting against the impact of austerity on the public services women rely on.
She has more than 20 years experience as a union organiser and negotiator.
Ms Mills is currently responsible for managing UNISON’s strategic equality work and is one of the union’s representatives on the TUC general council, and a member of the TUC executive.
She is a also former president of the TUC, chair of the European Public Services Union gender and equality committee and former vice-president of the ETUC women’s committee.