“I was saddened to hear of the passing of former Technical Services Guild secretary Ted Cowell. On behalf of the ACTU and the union movement I extent my condolences to his wife Rosemary and their children and grandchildren.
“Ted was a pioneer for the rights of people working in information services, having led the fight for award coverage.
“He made an immense contribution to our movement and improved the lives of working people in our country.
“Our thoughts are with his loved ones.”