UNISON elect first woman General Secretary

Christina McAnea has been elected as general secretary of UNISON, the UK’s largest union.

Christina is the union’s most senior negotiator, with a wide-ranging public services brief covering health, education, social care, local government and equalities.

She has held senior positions across the union, negotiating on behalf of members working in police forces, schools, universities and colleges, and the NHS.

Christina grew up in Drumchapel, in Glasgow. She left school at 16 and worked in the civil service, the NHS and retail before going to university at the age of 22.

Christina first worked as a housing officer for Glasgow City Council, where she began her trade union activism.

Christina speaking at our Equal Pay Rally in Glasgow’s George Square (photos by Danny Phillips)