Brian ThomasAfter 40 years of membership and a life dedicated to the union movement, the Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) has been saddened by the loss of one of its veterans, Brian Thomas.

Brian Thomas gave much of his life to the TWU as a truck driver and as a veteran. Brian first became involved in the TWU in the early 70s joining up as a truck driver at Pioneer Tippers. This encounter with the union turned into a life of service, which saw Brian progress as a role model and leader within the union; as a Delegate at Pioneer Tippers and acting on the Sydney Sub Branch executive as the Chairman. But it will be Brian’s solid contribution to the Veterans Club, as its President that many will remember him by.

The TWU Veterans Club was an initiative of Brian in late 2003 who was eager to continue his work for the union in retirement.  Since its formation, the Club has become instrumental to TWU campaigning, with Brian playing the poster boy in many of its actions, the most recent being the actions outside NSW Coles stores.

“Brian was a man who committed his life to our union and the workers’ cause. He was at every union campaign and action, flying the flag for our great union,” Wayne said.

The passing of Brian Thomas on Sunday morning has ignited an outcry of well wishers from across the union movement and his local community.

“The labour movement has lost a great friend in Brian Thomas. His dedication to our union and his community was without comparison- and I know that he will be sorely missed,” Wayne said.

Brian is survived by his wife Judy. The TWU sends its condolences to Judy and the Thomas family during this difficult time.

Brian Thomas leads the Vets at a recent protest

Transport Workers' Union NSW