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TWU President steps down

Release date: 12/07/2013

After more than 35 years’ involvement with the Transport Workers Union (TWU), Jim McGiveron has passed on the baton, announcing his resignation from the TWU National Presidency in May.

Greg Bush, Owner Driver Magazine, July 2013

McGiveron stepped down from his position of Secretary of the TWU’s Western Australia branch on December 31 last year, a position he held for 20 years.
 
Before that, he was a TWU organizer for eight years and a delegate for seven years at BHP’s Mount Whaleback mine at Newman, WA.
 
McGiveron arrived in Perth from Liverpool, United Kingdom in 1970. Both his sons were born in Newman, a town in which he was heavily involved in all aspects of community life between 1978 and 1984.
 
He says, despite union membership not being compulsory, 100 percent of the workers signed up.
 
“A lot of the issues came from the communities; the wives, the childcare issues and the housing issues. It was all part and parcel of being a union delegate in them days,” he recalls.
 
McGiveron says the town’s demise began when the mines’ fly-in, fly-out policy became the norm.
 
“It sucked the heart out of these towns,” he says. “The sporting clubs are struggling, the pubs are struggling [and] society’s struggling, because people are not there to spend money.”
 
Now aged 59, McGiveron plans to spend his time catching up on his hobbies, including fishing.
 
“It’s just that I can now use a bit of time for myself, and finish all those jobs that I started and never finished.”
 
“I haven’t lost the fight in my belly,” he explains. “Bit it’s also good to let new people through, and let the fight continue.”
 
However, McGiveron states that he will never be far away from the union movement. He says if there’s a campaign, he’ll be back out on the streets alongside the TWU members.
 
“It’s in you,” he says. “You never lose all of that.”

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