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