State Officials & Union Staff
After 18 years of dedicated service as AFULE State Secretary, Greg Smith tendered his resignation July 25, 2018 to President Warren Hinds. At the 2018 July Divisional Council Meeting the council appointed Michael McKitrick as State Secretary. AFULE election for this position took place the later of the year and saw Michael become elected into the position.
Known to most AFULE members as Mick, Michael McKitrick was a Locomotive Driver from the coal fields prior to taking a role at the AFULE State Office. Mick started in the Railway Industry in 2000 working various roles before qualifing as a Driver at the Jilalan Depot in 2008. Mick thoroughly enjoyed his time behind the controls and is proudly continuing the union motto of "Traincrew Representing Traincrew".
Mick comes from a strong unionised Railway background. Many family members, consisting of his Grandfather, Father, Uncles and Sibilings have worked within the Rail Industry and Mick's father completed 44 years of service with Queensland Rail. Mick grew up amongst the tracks and has ample knowledge of the Industry. With Union values running strong in Mick's viens, he took the opportunity to join the AFULE State Office in early February 2016 as the AFULE Organiser.
Since 2016 Mick has been on the roads regularly visiting all regions of QLD to chat with members, attend sub branch meetings, deliver union training to delegates and activists, and attending all EBA bargaining and negoations. During his extensive travels Mick never misses an opportunity to hear what issues Traincrew are facing on the ground.
With many more challenges lying ahead to improve traincrew workplace conditions Mick is confident that working in solidarity can combat them all.
The workers united will never be defeated!
Glen McGaw has been elected as the A.F.U.L.E. State President his first term as president commenced 1 January 2020.
Glen has been a valuable member of the AFULE since joining in 1986. He has held several positions including Vice President a position he has held since 2002 to 2019. Prior to his election as Vice President, Glen was the Divisional Councillor for Division 3, and has also held a range of Branch positions over many years.
Glen is the AFULE.’s lead delegate on a range of projects that directly affect the working conditions of Traincrew. In this role, Glen has represented the interests of Traincrew across a wide range of workplace issues including the introduction of fatigue management systems, implementation of random drug and alcohol testing and the development of trauma support policies.
Glen is the Union’s training officer, providing union delegates with the skills they need to represent members and further the Union’s industrial aims. Glen is also one of the Union’s Trainee Driver Mentors, welcoming new trainees to the grade and helping them through their training and assessment.
Glen has led the union team in Passenger Services through their latest union collective agreement negotiations.
Glen commenced at Roma as an Engine Cleaner in October 1981 and was qualified as a Locomotive Driver Class II in 1986. He has spent time in Roma, Toowoomba, Cloncurry, Dalby, Gladstone and Brisbane. Glen is currently a full time Locomotive Driver based at QR’s Mayne depot in Brisbane.
You can contact Glen McGaw on 0407 812 446.
VICE PRESIDENT & DIVISION THREE COUNCILLOR
Stewart Rach has been a very active AFULE Union delegate since 2004 starting as a Committee member and over the years performing the roles of Vice Chairperson, Secretary and Chairperson of Sub Branch Callemondah. As well as AFULE No. 3 Councillor for Bluff, Callemondah and Stanwell. Most recently Stewart was elected as the Vice President in the 2019 election.
Since 2004 Stewart has been assisting his comrades whenever needed and getting behind Union Campaigns. He has been particularly passionate about the 2018 Change the Rules Campaign and will continue to fight for improvement in Australian working conditions.
Stewart served as Proxy Division Three Councillor from 2010 before becoming the Division Three Councillor in 2013. Stewart has worked tirelessly over the years for the members of Gladstone as a Representative and as a Councillor for AFULE.
Stewart has been a proud member of the AFULE since starting in Rockhampton as an Engine Cleaner for Queensland Government Railways in 1984.Stewart has worked in Rockhampton and Emerald as a Cleaner. Bluff, Biloela, St. Lawrence, Sarina and Mackay as an Acting Fireman (Locomotive Assistant) before being appointed as a Locomotive Assistant to Greenvale in 1988. In 1991 he worked briefly in Townsville before returning to Greenvale.
In 1993 the Greenvale depot was closed and Stewart moved to Gladstone. Stewart passed the Locomotive Driver’s exam in 1990 and was appointed as a Driver in Gladstone in 1994. In 2015 Stewart was appointed as a Tutor Driver.
Division Three is proudly represented by Stewart and its Representatives and serves AFULE members competently.
Stewart can be contacted 0407 810 824
DIVISION ONE COUNCILLOR
Andrew Caris has elected to the Role of Division One Councillor, as of 1 January 2020. Prior to being promoted to Councillor Andrew was been filling the role of Proxy Councillor, to Pat Lord. Division One depots include Cloncurry, Hughenden, Mackay, Mt Isa, Stuart and Townsville.
Andrew is a locomotive driver attached to the Bulk North East at the Stuart Depot. He commenced his railway career as a trainee driver at the Callemondah depot in 2011 before transferring from the Coal to the Bulk side Aurizon's business model. Since his arrival in Townsville, Andrew has held a committee position within the Stuart Sub Branch and advocating for the rights of members and representing members interests throughout disciplinary investigations, industrial matters & general conflicts with management.
Andrew is a firm believer in 'power to the people' and has a long Trade Union/Employee Association history which commenced in 1984 as a member of the then Brisbane College of Advance Education Student Union, which was responsible for the representation of the student body across the four BCAE campuses.
from 1987-2011, Andrew held various official elected positions within Sub Branches of the Queensland Police Union of Employees, vigorously defending the rights of members against hostile management and actively participating in Enterprise Bargaining negotiations for better working conditions & wages for over 10,000 members.
Andrew is extremely passionate about defending AFULE members industrial rights and ensuring AFULE members receive both professional courtesy and procedural fairness in all interactions with Rail Industry Management. He is also committed to educating our membership to a better understanding of EBA's and their implications in the workplace.
Andrew can be contacted on 0419 658 690
DIVISION TWO COUNCILLOR
Phil Brown is a Driver at the Jilalan Depot and has been a proud member of the AFULE from from 2007.
Division Two is quite diverse with three different employers and respective enterprise agreements. Division Two manages this with the help of enthusiastic Sub Branch officials to represent our members fully.
Phil can be contacted on 0407 810 262
DIVISION FOUR COUNCILLOR
John Pedersen joined AFULE January 1984, and has been an active union member throughout all his railway career. Starting by attending Local Depot Union Meetings as a committee member before taking on more senior positions such as Secretary of the Maryborough AFULE Sub Branch in 2002. In 2002 in addition to being Sub Branch Secretary John was elected in the Proxy position for the Division Four Councillor. When the 2008 AFULE Election came about John took the opportunity to nominate for the Division Four Councillor.
Like many within the Rail Industry, John comes from a strong Unionised Rail Family, both John's father and and grandfather both worked within the Rail Industry before him. When joining the AFULE in 1984, John was employed by Queensland Rail as an Engine Cleaner. During his first few weeks on the job Queensland Rail rain the first trial of Two Driver Operation run trains, securing employment for Engine Cleaners for years to come.
After 5 years as an Engine Cleaner John sat for and was qualified as Fireman in 1989. Working as a Fireman saw John travel West from his hometown of Maryborough doing stints in the suburbs of Monto and Gayndah.
Mayne ran a Training School in 1991, which John Pedersen was in attendance. The Training School enhanced John's rail career via promotion to Assistant Driver. John continued working from Mayne Depot until taking a transfer with promotion to Qualified Driver at his home town of Maryborough. John settled in comfortably to the Maryborough Depot, establishing himself within AFULE Sub Branch and gaining the support of it's members. In addition to taking on union responsibilities John furthered his traincrew career by stepping up into Tutor Driver position at Maryborough in 1999.
John is a passionate advocate for the rights of AFULE members and their fair treatment by management, backed with a wealth of knowledge specialising in freight traincrew agreements.
John can be contacted on 0407 812 062
DIVISION FIVE COUNCILLLOR
AFULE Division 5 Councillor Anthony Woodward has taken the lead with AFULE Citytrain duties as a result of the most recent AFULE Election which saw him promoted from Proxy Councillor to Councillor
Anthony has been involved with Numerous Committees as a representative of the Union, since becoming a member early 2011. In addition to Anthony's Council responsibilities he is also currently the branch Secretary of Kippa Ring Depot.
Ever since join AFULE Anthony has been an active advocate for the union and continues to be involved in the implementation of rosters and Leave committees. When AFULE held the 2016 election Anthony nominated himself for the Proxy Division 5 position. Anthony saw this as an opportunity to learn from the wealth of knowledge and exprience of the Rail Industry which members of the AFULE Divisional Council have obtained during their individual careers.
Since starting in the Rail Industry for Queensland Rail in 2007 as a transit Officer, Anthony quickly succeed in making career choices to move into traincrew. Firstly as a guard in 2008, and then June the following year graduating as a qualified Locomotive Driver. Anthony was based in Mayne Depot from 2009 until transferring to Kippa Ring in 2016 when the Moreton Bay line became active.
Division 5 is made up of numerous Sub branches within the Division, covering majority of the South Eastern Queensland Depots. Depots include Beenleigh, Bundaberg, Caboolture, Ferny Grove, Gympie, Ipswich, Kippa Ring, Manly, Mayne, Nambour, Petrie, Redbank, Robina, Shorncliffe, Springfield. Division 5 manages all these depots with the enthusiastic help of Sub Branches within each Depot.
Division 5 proudly represents all AFULE members.
Anthony can be contacted on 0408 562 494
DIVISION SIX COUNCILLOR
David Millward was elected in the 2019 AFULE Election to the position of Councillor. This election saw a redistribution of the boundaries to Divisons 6 and 7 merging the South East Queensland Aurizon Coal into the one depot. Divison 6 boundaries depots include; Fisherman Island, Roma and Willowburn.
David can be contacted on 0407 819 011
DIVISION SEVEN COUNCILLOR
From 1 January 2020 the AFULE No. 7 Divisional Councillor is Anthony Chalker. Anthony Chalker has been an active AFULE member since joining in 2010.
The 2019 AFULE Elections saw a change to the divisional boundaries. Divison 7 consists of the following Queensland Rail depots: Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Mayne Regional, Roma, Toowoomba and Townsville.
If you would like to contact Anthony, please contact the State Office for his details.
Mel is responsible for providing your Local and Regional representatives with advice relating to your agreement, your employment, industrial laws, your rights in the workplace and reform to the laws which affect you. Your Industrial Officer represents you and your union before state and federal Commissions and related tribunals, and negotiates resolutions to disputes.