Scott Connolly was re-elected ACTU Assistant Secretary at the ACTU Congress in July 2018. Prior to this he was Assistant Secretary at the Transport Workers Union (TWU) Queensland branch.
Scott grew up in western Sydney. Like so many young Australians his first job was working the trolleys at Woolworths during high school, where he stayed for 12 years in a variety of roles from dockhand to payroll.
It was here he began his involvement in the union movement, joining the SDA and becoming a delegate so he could have a say in management decisions.
Scott started at the TWU as an Industrial Officer before moving across three branches over 16 years. During this time, he was instrumental in protecting workers in the transport industry, helping implement legal changes that recognised trucks as workplaces and protecting bus drivers from violence.
Scott was involved in achieving domestic violence leave and increasing parental leave entitlements for Virgin members. He also led the 2011 Qantas members’ campaign when management grounded the airline.
As ACTU Assistant Secretary, Scott is passionate about fighting for a better future to ensure the next generation are not left worse off by the current one.
Scott has a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations, writing his honours thesis on the ACTU and the TWU during the Accord. He studied trade union leadership at the Harvard Law School.
Outside of work, he is a proud father of three kids and on his son’s advice, is a Western Bulldogs supporter.