5 October, 2016
Assistant General Secretary
Jenny Holdcroft was elected Assistant General Secretary at IndustriALL's 2nd Congress on 5 October 2016. She was previously Policy Director at IndustriALL, leading IndustriALL’s global campaigns on precarious work, living wages and sustainable industrial policy. She is a member of the steering committee of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh and negotiated the Memorandum of Understanding between IndustriALL and global garment brands to create the ACT process to deliver living wages through industry collective agreements linked to brand purchasing practices.
Holdcroft joined the International Metalworkers Federation in 2001 as the Equal Rights Director where she worked with women leaders to change the statutes to ensure women’s representation on the Executive Committee, rules which were subsequently adopted by IndustriALL. She was then given responsibility for the electronics and aerospace industries and held this post until IndustriALL was founded in 2012.
Holdcroft’s background is with the Australian trade union movement where she started as a shop steward and official before working as an organiser and industrial officer. She has extensive experience in organising and representing members, negotiating collective agreements, training and advocacy. She has also worked as a policy officer for a government agency responsible for affirmative action for women.