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Queensland celebrates 115 years

November 30, 2023

Few organisations can claim to have been around for 115 years. Even fewer have stuck to their founding principles for the entirety of their existence.

The MEU Queensland District is one of those rare organisations. Born in 1908 under the harsh conditions of the Ipswich coalfields, the District has been the strongest advocate for the safety and conditions of Queensland coal mineworkers since inception.

To mark the anniversary, the Queensland District held a gala Awards Night in Brisbane, with members and officials from across the state coming together to celebrate the rich history of our Union.

Check out this video from the event showcasing the history of the Union in Queensland:

The night saw speeches from Queensland District leaders including long-time District President Andrew Vickers, General Vice President Stephen Smyth, and newly-elected District President Mitch Hughes. Underpinning the event was a spirit of thanks for comrades past and present, and great hope in the new generation of emerging unionists.

Congratulations on the anniversary, Queensland. You’re sure to have many more to come.

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