Julia Gillard delivers a tribute speech on Sharan Burrow, highlighting her achievements as a trade union leader, a life dedicated to bettering the lives of workers and their families. After outlining Burrow’s humble beginnings and progression to a teacher and union leader, Gillard highlights Sharan Burrow’s contribution in defeating Work Choices, fighting for maternity leave and the rights of women at work, climate change, contributing to the national skills policy, and her new role as head of the international trade union movement. Gillard also talks about the threat of Work Choices 2 under Tony Abbott, while outlining a more positive future for Australia. The speech concludes with Gillard presenting Burrow with flowers.
Published on disc 1 of the Congratulations & Farewell Sharan Burrow DVD – a collection of speeches, interviews and a short documentary in tribute to Sharan Burrow, on her departure from the ACTU as President, taking up a position as President of the International Trade Union Confederation.
Author: J Bird, 2023