Union boss joins commission

Fri August 31, 2012 5:44am

AN INFLUENTIAL union chief has been appointed to the Tasmanian Industrial Commission. Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union state secretary Nicole Wells has been given the nod for the vacancy created by the State Government's decision not to reappoint Commissioner James McAlpine. Workplace Relations Minister David O'Byrne made the hotly tipped announcement today. "Nicole Wells has extensive experience in industrial relations matters at a state and federal level, having been the state secretary and first national president of the Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union and a director of the Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board," Mr O'Byrne said. The commission's current deputy president, Tim Abey, has been appointed as the new president to replace Pat Leary, who is retiring. "Tim Abey has a long history in industrial relations, as a former chief executive of the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry," Mr O'Byrne said. Mr O'Byrne paid tribute to outgoing Ms Leary, who served as a commissioner since 1998 and president since 2001, and James McAlpine, who served as a commissioner from 2004. "I commend them both for their work with the Industrial Commission, and wish them all the best for the future," he said. The appointments are for a period of five years. killickd@news.net.au  





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