Legendary Tasmanian rail worker Tommy Jones has been awarded a life membership - recognising 45 years of service to Tasmania's railways and the union.
Tommy commenced his career on the Tasmanian railway in early 1970. Starting off as a junior Rail messenger he quickly rose through the ranks of Lad Porter, Senior Porter and Staff Working Porter, however with the closure of the passengers and parcel services Tommy soon found himself in the position of Crew Car Driver. Tommy remained a Crew Car Driver for well over 12 years before eventually moving onto the Per Way.
Tasmanian Branch Secretary Sam Simonetis said Tommy's loyalty and commitment to his fellow railworkers was an inspiration.
"Tommy has stuck with the union through the good times and the bad. When the Tasmanian railways were privatised, he was one of the few to stay with the union - ensuring that we retained a presence on the shopfloor and could rebuild,” Sam said.
"We all owe Tommy a debt of gratitude for his determination and solidarity. He is a true legend of the RTBU."