Esther Lynch is a lifelong trade unionist. She was elected as General Secretary of the ETUC in 2022 and re-elected at the confederation’s Berlin congress the following year. Previously, Ms Lynch was ETUC Confederal Secretary (2015-2019) and Deputy General Secretary (2019 – 2022). In these roles she led successful actions aimed at improving workers’ and trade union rights by promoting social dialogue, collective bargaining and legislative initiatives such as the Directive on Adequate Minimum Wages, the Transparent and Predicable Working Conditions Directive and the Whistleblowing Directive. She also ran a successful campaign that mobilised support for the European Pillar of Social Rights and the ETUC’s ‘Europe Needs a Pay Rise’ campaign.