10 July 2012
Currently the TUC's deputy general secretary, she will take up her post of general secretary when Brendan Barber steps down at the end of the year.
Commenting on the news, PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said
"On behalf of PCS I would like to congratulate Frances on what will be an historic appointment as the first woman as TUC general secretary.
"Like other unions, we nominated her for the post because we recognise that she is committed to defending working people, students, the unemployed and pensioners alike.
"This is as important now as it has ever been as the challenges facing the trade union movement are immense.
"We have a Tory-led government, with a cabinet of millionaires, tearing our welfare state apart and cutting taxes for the rich, and people are rightly looking to the unions to lead the opposition.
"We look forward to working with Frances in fighting for jobs, pensions, pay and public services, and for the alternative to austerity."