April 18, 2023


Richard joined the TWU in 1998, and has since proven to be a true credit to the union’s ventures. Richard has been an exceptional leader to both members and TWU staff alike.

Richard dived head first as an Organiser, looking after the city and its surrounding areas across a wide range of industries – from waterfront, all the way to freight. His journey evolved when he would oversee some near 3,000 airport members from Qantas catering, domestic and international. 

From fighting daily (and succeeding) to win the entitlements of Ansett employees following the company’s collapse, to successfully pressuring John Howard to improve the General Employee Entitlements and Redundancy Scheme (GEERS), Richard has achieved many great things in his time with the TWU. 

“When I first met Richard, he was the South Coast Sub Branch Secretary. He has been responsible for leading our members through his work, and this has served as an inspiration to the transport community across the globe. He has also shown great strength and character in representing the union by fulfilling his duties as the National President. I’d like to congratulate Richard on 25 years of service to the TWU!” NSW/QLD Assistant State Secretary Mick Pieri told TWU News. 

Congratulations, Richard, on 25 years! Here’s to another 25!


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