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Home > News > 2019 > August > Former Assistant Secretary appointed to Commission

Former Assistant Secretary appointed to Commission


Former IEUA-QNT Assistant 
Secretary Roslyn McLennan
been appointed as a new Queensland Industrial
Relations Commissioner.

Commissioner McLennan, who most recently was the General Secretary of the Queensland Council of Trade Unions (QCU), was appointed to the Queensland
Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) on 9 July, alongside three others. 

Queensland Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said the Governor-in-Council had approved the appointment of Commissioner McLennan, as well as John Dwyer, Catherine Hartigan and Jacqueline Power to the QIRC. 

“Each of the appointees bring the life skills, professional experience and expertise required of a commissioner of the QIRC and I congratulate them on their appointment,” Ms Grace said.

The QIRC is an independent tribunal established to conciliate and arbitrate industrial matters in Queensland.  

A leader of our movement

Commissioner McLennan has had an active role in our movement for the last for 26 years. 

In 1998 she became an organiser for our union’s Far North Queensland Branch until 2004, when she was elected as IEUA-QNT Assistant Secretary, a position she held for the next ten years. 

From 2014 McLennan served as Assistant General Secretary, and later General Secretary, of the QCU – only the second woman to do so – as well as an executive member of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), a director of Sunsuper, and a director and deputy chair of WorkCover Queensland.  

At the Commissioners’ formal swearing-in ceremony IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said as a union officer, union secretary and company director, Commissioner McLennan has the breadth of experience to enhance, support and challenge in her role as Commissioner.

“Commissioner McLennan is a person who understands the rule of law but also has a deep insight into what those laws might mean to the lives of workers and the operations of the businesses which employ them,” said Mr Burke. 

“Like other Commissioners sworn in today, Commissioner McLennan is not faint-hearted in her advocacy of what is just and right given the evidence, and we can look with confidence to her and their collected insights.”

Fair, frank and fearless

At the time of her appointment, Commissioner McLennan thanked her family and former colleagues for their hard work and unstinting support over her career. 

“During that time, I’ve led many industrial and community campaigns, advocated for both individuals and groups of workers, represented industry and sector issues and negotiated collective agreements at both workplace level and with large Queensland employee authorities,” she said. 

“…I look forward to bringing diversity of experiences, work history background, qualification and skills to my new work in the Commission.

“For those of you I’m yet to meet, I know you’ll find me fair, frank and fearless.”  

Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.