Owen Tudor was elected as Deputy General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) in December 2018 and re-elected at its Fifth World Congress in Melbourne, Australia, November 2022. He is the Secretary of the Commonwealth Trade Union Group which brings together 70 million workers in 46 Commonwealth countries and a member of the Executive Board of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative UK.
Owen was recruited to the TUC in Great Britain in 1984 off a picket line (after 7 years in various trade unions) and worked for the TUC on youth, training, disability and social insurance issues before moving onto health and safety, disability and industrial injury compensation.
He represented the TUC on the tripartite Industrial Injuries Advisory Council, Social Security Advisory Committee and the Health and Safety Commission. He was also a founder member of 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, as well as Commonwealth issues.
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.