It is with sadness that we confirm the news that former Transport Workers Union – QLD Branch Secretary Hughie Williams passed away peacefully in his sleep last night.
Hughie was State Secretary from 1992–2010 and was the national president of the TWU in 2000. He was also State Secretary during the early 1980s and had been secretary of the now defunct Brisbane sub-branch throughout the 1980s.
Hughie has also competed at the 1964 Summer Olympics in wrestling and was involved in organising for Brisbane’s 1982 Commonwealth Games.
Hughie was a stalwart of the Union movement in his time as organiser and then Branch Secretary.
Hughie dedicated his life to fighting injustices and was instrumental in the protests against the Springboks Tour in the 1970’s.
Hughie’s contribution to the union movement in fighting for the rights of transport workers in Queensland will not be forgotten and I extend my condolences to Hughie’s family at this time.
For information about Hughie’s funeral, you can contact the office on (07) 3890 3066
“Whenever Mr Williams found injustice, he has struggled against it. He stood up for the people of Queensland he called it for what it was.”
-Former QLD Premier, Hon. Anna Bligh
“Hughie is real deal, the authentic article, a man you need to know. There isn’t anyone in this country of Anglo/Celtic background who had such a tough set of origins, humanly horrific circumstances and utterly grinding poverty.”
-Former Leader of the Federal ALP, Hon. Kim Beazley