Olsen and Pieri retain TWU NSW leadership roles

State secretary and assistant 'proud' after being re-elected unopposed

Olsen and Pieri retain TWU NSW leadership roles
Mick Pieri (left) and Richard Olsen


Richard Olsen and Mick Pieri have been re-elected as Transport Workers Union (TWU) NSW’s state secretary and assistant state secretary respectively.

The pair "received the support of members to be elected uncontested and are proud to have the continued support of TWU members", the union tells ATN.

Olsen continues the role he has held since mid-2016.

The re-election marks more than two decades the union, which he joined in the late 1990s.

He was the south coast and southern sub-branch secretary from 2003 to 2013 before being elected TWU NSW assistant secretary in 2012.

In mid-2016, he became the state secretary, replacing Michael Aird at the top after a turbulent period for the union.

The move comes as the former NSW branch assistant secretary Nick McIntosh cements his place nationally deputising Michael Kaine following Tony Sheldon's move for a Senate position.

Earlier this week, TWU members endorsed Michael Kaine and Nick McIntosh to lead the union nationally. Read more, here

"To have the support and trust of TWU members is an absolute privilege," Olsen is quoted as saying in a statement to ATN.

"As a union we’re working hard to shape a safer and more secure transport industry, and unity is at the heart of everything we do.

"I am incredibly honoured to be endorsed by our members as state secretary."

Meanwhile, Pieri has been at the union since 2002. As well as being assistant state secretary he is also the Sydney and central west sub-branch secretary.


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