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!
Warren started his long standing career in the Railway for QR in Emerald in 1978, and joined the Traincrew grade in 1980.
Joing AFULE in 1995 Warren was imediately a valued member to the union actively in improving the condition for Traincrew. He started as an active member of the Callemondah Sub Branch prior to being elected into the position of Sub Branch Secretary. Whilst acting as the Sub Branch Secretary at Callemondah he was also the Proxy No. 3 Divisional Cuncillor from 2006 to 2013. Durint this perior he was also elected into the position of Divison 3 Councillor. The 2013 elections saw Warren Hinds being awarded to position of AFULE State President.
Warren as State President presides at meetings of the Divional Council and preserves order so that buisinss is conducted in due form and propreity in the best interest of AFULE members. Warrenm consults regualrly with the State Secretary on matters affecting the welfare of the Union, whilst also offering support and assistance to Divisonal Councillors and Sub Branches to best represent the members.
Warren is well known for his direct and passionate style, and is fierce advocate for all members of the AFULE.
Warren is committed to ensuring that the hard won conditions of Traincrew are maintained and enforced. Warren has a particular interest in health and safety, and has played a major role in the development of new procedures to prevent Traincrew from being forced to work unscheduled overtime. One of Warren’s significant achievements has been the negotiation of better pay and conditions for Traincrew in his area to reflect the value of the work they perform.
When not working or attending to union business, Warren can be found in his spare spending time with his family grandchildren, having a cold beer and a punt on the horses, out and about caravanning or fishing as a member of his local fishing club.
You can contact Warren Hinds on 0407 815 349.
Glen McGaw is the A.F.U.L.E. State Vice President, a position he has held since 2002. 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.
As Vice President, Glen is the A.F.U.L.E.’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.
Most recently, 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.
DIVISION ONE COUNCILLOR
Parrick Lord, known around the train tracks as Pat, started his career in the Rail Industry for the then QR in Easter of 2000. His first role was at the Townsville Depot in the position of Shunter. He worked as a Shunter at Townsville untill he applied to attending a Trainee Driver School at the Toowoomba Depot 2005. Having been accepted to the Trainee Driver School, Pat transferred to Toowoomba in 2005 where he qualified as Locomotive Driver not long after. Whilst working from the Toowomba depot Pat joined AFULE in begining of 2007, whilst furthering is career in the Railways and gaining the qualification of Tutor Driver..
Pat was offered a promotion with a transfer back to the Townsville depot as Driver In Charge in 2011. In 2013 Pat decided to step down to Tutor Driver up step up as an AFULE Rep. As an AFULE rep working Pat worked closely with the then Sub Branch Secretary Geln Ford. This succesfull working relationship prepared Pat for taking the role as Sub Branch Secretary and Division One Councillor in the 2016 election.
After working many years with QR National and then Aurizon in 2018 Pat decided it was time for a change and left Aurizon to join the Townsville Queensland Rail team.
Pat can be contacted on 0419 658 690
DIVISION TWO COUNCILLOR
Ian Martin is a Driver at the Jilalan Depot and has been a proud member of the AFULE from 1977 to 1994, rejoining in 2010, during this time Ian has always been an active member and promoted the union movement. Ian has a long family history in the union movement with relatives being members and officials of the Maritime Union, Coal Miners Union, Meat Workers Union and the Electrical Trades Union.
During the years 1994 to 2010 Ian was employed by National Rail and Pacific National. He was Locomotive Division Sub Branch President at Acacia Ridge from 1999 to 2009 with another union. From 2014 Ian has been Sub Branch President of Jilalan Depot. In 2017 Ian became Division Two Councillor, in addition to being Jilalan Sub Branch President.
Ian Martin is proud of a diverse career within the railway. It started when he joined QR in 1977 as an Engine Cleaner at Mayne. In 1978 Ian passed his Fireman’s exam and was classed to Nonda in 1979. November of that year Ian returned to Mayne Depot. Ian passed his drivers exam in 1983. Ian took a role as a relief Fireman in 1987 at Jilalan and returned to Mayne later that year. In 1989 he was classed to Mayne as a Driver. He then transferred to the Acacia Ridge Freight Depot in 1992. In 1994 Ian took a role with National Rail, now known as Pacific National driving Interstate Freight Trains from Acacia Ridge QLD to Grafton and Taree in NSW. He continued that role till he returned to the Jilalan Depot in 2010 working once more for QR National, now owned by Aurizon.
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.
Ian can be contacted on 0407 810 262