Jordan was President of the Amalgamated Engineering Union (AEU), and then its successor, the Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union (AEEU), from 1986 to 1994. During the same time, he was a member of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) General Council. In 1995, he became General Secretary of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), a post he held until 2002.
Jordan was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1992 New Year Honours, and was created a life peer with the title Baron Jordan, of Bournville in the County of West Midlands, on 5 June 2000.
Since 1958, Lord Jordan has been married to Jean Ann Livesey; they have three daughters, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
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| President of the Amalgamated Engineering Union
| President of the Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union
With: Ken Jackson (1992–1994)
| General Secretary of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions
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