Józef Niemiec - Deputy General Secretary

Born on 11 March 1955, in Poland Married, two sons


Master’s degree in languages (Romanic philology) 1974-1978 : Jagellonne University, Cracow, Poland 1995-1997: Teacher training college, Cracow

Professional background

- May 2011

Elected Deputy General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation at the Athens Congress

Re-elected in 2007 in Seville Responsible for: social protection, disabled people, regional policy and economic and social cohesion, internal market, services of general interest

- Since 2003

Elected Confederal Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation at the Prague Congress in May 2003.

- 1999-2002

Vice-President of the National Commission

- 1998 2003 Secretary of the National Commission of NSZZ “Solidarność”, Gdansk

- 1997-1998 Coordinator of the European Integration Commission, Gdansk, Poland

- 1992 – 2003

Member of the National Commission of NSZZ “Solidarność”

- 1992-1996

Secretary of the Regional Council of NSZZ “Solidarność”, Rzeszów, Poland

- 1981-1992

Civil servant with the National Education Ministry (dormitory supervisor and language teacher) in different schools (technical secondary school, arts secondary school, primary school), Rzeszów, Poland

- 1980

Co-founder of NSZZ “Solidarność”, member of its Works Council at “Telkom-Telos”, Cracow

- 1979

Military service, armoured infantry military school, Wroclaw – Warsaw

- 1978-1981

Sales agent for “Telkom-Telos”, a tele-electronics company, Cracow, Poland

Other professional activities

- 1998-2001

Member of the Consultative Committee reporting to the Minister Plenipotentiary in charge of integration into the European Union

- 1999-2001

Member of the Policy Programming Council for CONSENSUS (PHARE programme on social protection)