Lord Monks awarded Légion d’honneur
7 December 2015
The former General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation, the Right Honourable Lord Monks, has been awarded the Légion d’honneur at the Ambassador’s Residence in Kensington Palace Gardens.
As the former General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Lord Monks was at the heart of industrial relations during the ’Winter of Discontent’ in the late 1970s and was instrumental in the introduction of a national minimum wage in the UK under the government of Tony Blair.
Lord Monks became ETUC General Secretary in 2004 and has worked with a number of French political leaders, including Jacques Chirac and François Hollande, while HE Sylvie Bermann described Lord Monks as a "welcome pro-European voice" within the House of Lords,
The Ambassador said: "I can say today that you are also a friend of France because you are a true European. You contributed, with your good friend Jacques Delors, to bringing the TUC – and the UK as a whole – on board the European project.
"You definitely played a key role during the French EU presidency in 2008, and it was also thanks to you that two very important directives were finally adopted (on equal treatment of temporary agency workers and the European Works Council Directive)."