Changes in leadership of Queensland’s peak union body

The Queensland Council of Unions, following the announcement of the planned retirement of current President John Battams, has implemented a strategic restructure of leadership roles to reflect the changing political landscape of the state.

Current President and principal media spokesperson John Battams has announced he will retire in January after 30 years as a union officer.

The public face of the QCU is now Ros McLennan, who was elected general secretary of the QCU in August 2015.

The QCU Presidency will revert to an honorary position, filled by Australian Manufacturing Workers Union State Secretary Rohan Webb.

Ms McLennan was formerly the Assistant General Secretary of the QCU, and prior to that was Assistant Secretary of the Independent Education Union - Queensland and Northern Territory Branch.

Mr Battams said the QCU was in great hands and Ms McLennan’s successful record as a campaign leader would serve Queensland union members well.

Ms McLennan said the QCU would continue its focus on campaigning and building the union movement in the interests of all Queenslanders.

“We’ll be keeping the government honest and ensuring it sticks to its pre-election commitments,” she said.

The QCU works with unions that represent more than 380,000 workers in Queensland on industrial, political and social issues.

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