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Meet our new Queensland District President

December 19, 2023

Mining and Energy Union Queensland Senior Vice-President Mitch Hughes has been elected to the role of District President.

This follows a vacancy after former Queensland District President Stephen Smyth took on a new role in the National Office on 1 September 2023.

Mitch said he looks forward to taking a holistic approach to his role, through supporting members both in and around the workplace.

“I’m keen to perform the role in a way that considers all aspects of our members’ lives.

“I believe that the Union’s work doesn’t stop at the gate of the worksite, but it extends to the communities where our members live and work.

“Terms and conditions of employment will always be number one, but I also want to tackle some issues like making sure we have decent infrastructure in our regional areas such as our roads, that our FIFO or DIDO members have an adequate home away from home, and ensuring that we’re always putting safety in all aspects front and centre.”

Mitch says another key focus will be on fixing the labour hire rort.

In his former role as Queensland District Vice-President, Mitch led the Queensland District’s industrial and organising efforts since 2012 to increase representation amongst labour hire contractor workers, as well as campaigning for Same Job Same Pay.

“With the Bill passing the Senate, I know that our members are stoked, and they’ve told me it’s about time.

“We’ve been campaigning on this for over a decade, and now that the Bill has passed and this is a reality, it’s a great first step.

“Now we need to get on the job of delivering Same Job Same Pay and I know that members can’t wait to see it enforced and take effect.”

Before becoming an MEU elected official, Mitch started in the mining industry as a permanent diesel fitter for BMA in 2007 after being employed by a local contractor for a short time, and as an apprentice at BMA Saraji mine prior to that.

Outside of work, Mitch is a keen AFL player. Mitch is also currently the President of the local AFL Club, Ferny Grove Falcons.

He lives with his wife and two children in Brisbane.

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