Paul Nowak (trade unionist)

Paul Nowak

Paul Nowak with Manuel Cortes (right) and Mick Whelan (left) at the Protest for an Affordable Railway under Public Ownership at London Waterloo in 2015.
Assistant General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress
Assumed office
Serving with Kay Carberry
General Secretary Frances O'Grady
Personal details
Born May 1972 (age 44)
Bebington, England

Paul Nowak (born May 1972) is a British trade union official.

Born in Bebington on the Wirral, Nowak started work at Asda at the age of seventeen, and immediately joined a union. He became Vice President of the Wirral Trades Union Council at the age of nineteen – the youngest person ever to hold the post.

Taking posts in a variety of unions, Nowak has been an activist in the Communication Workers Union, GMB Union and Unison.[1] In 1998, he was active in the Banking Insurance and Finance Union, when was one of the first students at the Trades Union Congress (TUC) Organising Academy.[2]

Nowak later worked for the TUC, as regional secretary of the Northern TUC, and then as head of its organising department. He also served on the board of ACAS.[2] In February 2013, he was appointed joint Assistant General Secretary of the TUC,[3] and in February 2016, he was promoted to become Deputy General Secretary.[4]


  1. Eleanor Barlow, "Wirral man Paul Nowak appointed assistant general secretary of the Trades Union Congress", Liverpool Echo, 26 February 2013
  2. 1 2 Pete Murray, "TUC appoints senior organiser to new top job", Union News, 13 February 2013
  3. "Paul Nowak, Assistant General Secretary", Trades Union Congress
  4. Trades Union Congress, "Paul Nowak appointed TUC Deputy General Secretary", 25 February 2016
Trade union offices
Preceded by
Kay Carberry
Assistant General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress
With: Kay Carberry
Succeeded by
Post vacant
Preceded by
Post vacant
Deputy General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress
Succeeded by
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