Jude grew up in Middlesbrough, and is passionate about the city, the local region, its social and industrial heritage and future. Her ancestors include rail engineers in Stephenson’s works to mining engineers in Durham. This tradition of involvement in local industry continues today, as her father and brother work in energy sector design, and engineering on Tyneside.
Jude lead Europe’s steelworkers unions in negotiations with employers and the European institutions, taking up the job at the European Metalworkers’ Federation in 2008. She also provided support to One North East to help ensure a future for steelworkers in Teesside at a time when unions were campaigning hard to Save Our Steel.
She was elected confederal secretary at the European TUC in 2011, one of seven elected positions, to which she was nominated by the TUC. She is able to draw on wide-ranging experience and knowledge, having represented workers in the service and communications sectors (notably fighting for rights for call centre workers and agency workers), manufacturing and basic industries.
She currently directs European trade union work in the areas of energy, industrial policy, environment and health and safety, all key areas for the European Union and the North-East in the years ahead.
Committee on International Trade
Committee on Petitions
Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (Substitute)
Accountant's letter of certification regarding expenses and allowances
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