Mark Crosdale resigns from TWU

Mark Crosdale will resign from the TWU at the start of next year, following a similar move by Tony Sheldon

Mark Crosdale will resign from the Transport Workers Union (TWU) at the start of next year, following a similar move by NSW branch secretary Tony Sheldon.

Crosdale will step down from his position as the Newcastle sub-branch secretary and end a 10 year association with the TWU to take an extended holiday with his wife.

Mick Forbes is expected to replace Crosdale, who says he will be pushing strongly for Forbes to assume the secretary role.

"I know that he will continue the strong representation for transport workers and their families into the future," he says.

In his statement, Crosdale praised outgoing NSW branch secretary Tony Sheldon and the NSW assistant secretary, Wayne Forno.

Forno is tipped to replace Sheldon, who decided to relinquish his role to focus more on national issues.

Crosdale’s departure will leave open the union’s position on the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) Council, and a spokesman for Sheldon says a new representative will be appointed when Crosdale departs.

While congratulating the union’s efforts in overturning "the harshest industrial relations laws ever seen in Australia", Crosdale says the TWU must now focus its efforts on getting a fixed rates system established.

Sheldon has committed to overhauling the current pay methods, saying his decision to step down in NSW will allow him to pursue the issue in his role as national secretary.

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