Statement on the passing of John Quessy

Media Release - December 10, 2023

The ACTU expresses its deep sadness of passing of former IEU Secretary John Quessy on Sunday 10 December. John was a passionate trade unionist and campaigner. As IEU Secretary he led highly successful campaigns for pay rises and improved working conditions in the Catholic system sector. He spearheaded the 2012 “Teachers are Teachers” campaign for pay parity for university trained early childhood teachers with primary school teachers. In 2018 a highly successful campaign for pay rises led by John won the ACTU’s campaign of the year Award. John regularly contributed to union newsletters and his rousing speeches were legendary. John was Federal President of the national union form 2014-2019 having started as a student member in 1975.

ACTU’s Assistant Secretary Liam O’Brien said:

“It’s people like John who make the union moment what it is. Passionate in fighting for a better go for members. The ACTU would like to send its deepest condolences to John’s family, friends and loved ones at this sad time”.

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