Jess Walsh is a Labor Senate candidate for the upcoming federal election. She has spent her working life as a researcher, campaigner and union leader, and as Victorian Secretary of United Voice Victoria, has represented represent diverse people including cleaners, early childhood educators and hospitality workers.
Jess also launched Hospo Voice, Australia’s first digital trade union, which has won significant victories in campaigns against wage theft and workplace sexual harassment.
Jess decided to work in the Australian union movement after living, studying and working in the US in the 1990s. There, she saw a rise in poverty-wage jobs, where people struggle to make ends meet despite often working full-time. After completing postings in US urban and economic policy centres, Jess returned to Australia, later becoming United Voice’s Victorian Secretary.