Owen Tudor was elected as Deputy General Secretary of the ITUC in December 2018 and re-elected at its Fifth World Congress in Melbourne, Australia, November 2022.
Owen was recruited into the union movement in 1984 off a picket line and worked for the TUC UK, on youth, training, disability and social insurance issues before moving onto health and safety, disability and industrial injury compensation.
He founded the TUC’s weekly bulletin Risks, aimed at safety representatives, and acted for the TUC on the tripartite Industrial Injuries Advisory Council and Health and Safety Commission. He was also a founder member of the Social Security Advisory Committee and the Civil Justice Council, and sat on the board of the European Agency for Safety and Health, and on the EU Advisory Committee on Safety and Health.
In 2004 he became head of the European Union and International Relations Department at the TUC UK, covering international solidarity, trade and migration policy, labour standards, global supply chains and Brexit.
In addition, Owen has been a Director of the Ethical Trading Initiative, a Director of the Occupational and Environmental Diseases Association, and has held Trustee positions at the British Occupational Health Research Foundation, the Royal National Institute for Deaf people (RNID), and the Ethics Committee of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine.
He is a member of the UK Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, the Advisory Council of the Foreign Policy Centre and the Politics without Borders Advisory Board.