MEDIA RELEASE: Monday 15 July, 2019
The leadership of the Electrical Trades Union has been given an emphatic endorsement by its members after being elected unopposed in this year’s union election.
The national secretary, assistant national secretaries and the secretaries of every state branch were all elected by rank and file members without challenge.
Results of the union quadrennial election came down as the ETU celebrated its centenary of federation at its 100 Years of Power conference on the Gold Coast.
Re-elected National Secretary Allen Hicks thanked members for their endorsement of the ETU’s leadership and vowed to continue serving their interests.
“It is an immense privilege to serve as the national secretary of the mighty Electrical Trades Union and it is pleasing that all of our branch secretaries have been given the tick of approval by our members,” he said.
“To have all our leaders elected unopposed confirms that the men and women who make up the ETU overwhelmingly approve of the work we’re doing and we we’ll continue to serve them.”
Mr Hicks said as well as the strong endorsement from membership, the ETU also welcomed six women who were elected unopposed into new Affirmative Action positions.
“We now have six very smart and very capable women elected to Affirmative Action roles which will make our union stronger by ensuring all voices are heard,” he said.
“Enshrining the Affirmative Action roles in the ETU’s leadership means we’ll continue as a forward-looking union and a champion of progressive causes, as we’ve always been.
“With the ETU turning 100 this year we’ve been looking at our history and how far we’ve come over our first centenary, as a union that has always been moving forward.
“I’m proud to be national secretary of the ETU and I want to thank our members for their endorsement and ongoing support.”
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