Published: 11th Jan 2021

Christina McAnea has been elected as the new general secretary of Unison – the first woman to head the UK’s largest union. Ms McAnea replaces Dave Prentis, who is retiring after 20 years as general secretary and will take up the post later this month (22 January). Currently one of Unison’s five assistant general secretaries, she has worked at the trade union since its formation in 1993, having previously joined local government union NALGO as women’s officer in the late 1980s. She grew up in Drumchapel, a big council housing estate 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. Having achieved a degree in English and history, Ms McAnea first worked as a housing officer for Glasgow City Council, before moving to the GMB, where she advised workers taking cases against their … (To read the full article, subscribe below)