Senior Adviser to the General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation
Thomas Owen Leslie (Tom) Jenkins, OBE Tom Jenkins joined the International Department of the Trades Union Congress in Britain in 1973. He became Head of the TUC Europe Unit in 1994, and Secretary for EU & International Relations in 1999. He was seconded to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1979-1980, where he served as Deputy International Labour Adviser.
In October 2003, he joined the European Trade Union Confederation as the Senior Adviser to the General Secretary (first to John Monks until 2011, and since to Bernadette Ségol). His responsibilities include the coordination of the ETUC’s work in the external relations and trade fields.
He has represented the British and European trade union Movement in a range of international trade union and joint bodies, including the European Economic and Social Committee where he was elected President of the Workers Group, 1990-96, and President of the Committee, 1996-98. He has co-chaired joint civil society bodies including those between the EU and ACP countries; EuroMed; EFTA; and Turkey. He is currently Chair of the Domestic Advisory Group set up under the EU-Korea FTA and co-chair of the joint Civil Society Forum. He is a member of the TTIP Advisory Group.
He is an Honorary Member of the Franco-British Council, of which he has been a Trustee. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2000 for services to industrial relations in the European Union.