Sue Yarrow introduces Errol Hodder, noting some of his political and industrial involvement.
Errol Hodder outlines his early history, commencing in the workforce in Brisbane and then moving to Roma where he worked in the shearing industry and joined the AWU at age 16.
|AWU, Roma, Shearers dispute|
Errol Hodder discusses the 1956 national Shearer's Strike and the Roma AWU organiser Bert Williamson and Stan Treacy. He notes he was one of the youngest of the AWU strikers and remembers that the AWU held their union meetings on Sundays when Hodder needed a special dispensation so he could play rugby league for the Roma team.
|AWU, Bert Williamson, Roma, Shearers dispute, Stan Treacy|
Errol Hodder talks about his duties as a union official in Roma in 1969 including working across a large geographical area with a diverse membership.
|AWU, Bert Williamson, Roma, union positions, Western Queensland|
Errol Hodder discusses the 1956 Shearers Strike and the levy for strike relief.
|AWU, Cecil Williams, Shearers dispute, strikes|
Errol Hodder discusses his relationship with the membership and the importance of training and development for officials in industrial matters.
|AWU, Mount Isa Mines, union positions|
|00:16:00||AWU, Trades Hall Group|
|00:18:53||AWU, Bert Williamson, Roma, Stan Treacy, union positions|
|00:21:13||AWU, Gough Whitlam, Western Queensland|
Errol Hodder discusses Bob Hawke at ACTU Congress meetings and his opinion of Paul Keating.
|ACTU, Bob Hawke, Joe Riordan, Paul Keating|
Errol Hodder discusses his move to Brisbane in 1981 and his ambition to be the next Branch Secretary of the AWU with support from John Black.
|AWU, John Black, union positions|
|00:28:02||AWU, Ernie Adsett, Rockhampton|
Errol Hodder discusses the powerful role of the Branch Secretary in the AWU. He recalls comments by Edgar Williams about Bill Hayden's leadership.
|AWU, Bill Hayden, Edgar Williams, leadership, union positions|
Errol Hodder recalls his election to the position of Branch Secretary of the AWU in 1981 and discussions with Bill Ludwig.
|AWU, Bill Ludwig, Edgar Williams, Roma|
|00:34:06||AWU, David Combe, Neville Wran|
|00:36:07||AWU, Edgar Williams, Harry Hauenschild, John Black|
|00:39:27||Arthur Gietzelt, AWU, Bob Hawke, Courier mail, David Combe, Edgar Williams, media, Peter Beattie|
|00:43:25||AWU, Bob Hawke, Edgar Williams|
|00:44:19||AWU, Neville Warburton|
Errol Hodder discusses issues relating to uranium mining, the AWU award coverage of uranium miners and Nic Bos' and Terry Mellifont's opposition to the AWU on uranium. He points to long-standing political and industrial jealousies between the AWU and Trades Hall Unions.
|AWU, Denis Murphy, Nic Bos, Terry Mellifont, unions, uranium mining|
Errol Hodder recalls ALP faction splits.
|Bill Hayden, Peter Beattie|
Errol Hodder considers the ALP reformers and the role of factionalism.
Errol Hodder discusses Peter Beattie.
|Bill Hayden, Kevin Hooper, Peter Beattie|
Errol Hodder recalls discussions with John Black regarding the exchange of cooperative support between the Socialist Left faction of the ALP and the AWU including support for Wayne Goss as leader and negotiations with Joy Ardill and Ian McLean.
|Edgar Williams, Ian McLean, John Black, John Hogg, Joy Ardill, Wayne Goss|
Errol Hodder discusses Wayne Goss as a candidate for ALP leadership.
|leadership, Wayne Goss|
Errol Hodder reflects on why it took so long for the ALP to win government in Queensland.
|Bill D'Arcy, Bob Hawke, factions, leadership, Neville Warburton, Peter Beattie, Wayne Goss|
Errol Hodder discusses Ed Casey, Keith Wright, Neville Warburton and Wayne Goss as potential leaders.
|Ed Casey, Keith Wright, leadership, Neville Warburton, Wayne Goss|
Errol Hodder discusses the influence of unions in preselection of candidates in the ALP.
|Bob Hawke, factions, Kevin Rudd, unions|
Errol Hodder remembers the 1979 Rockhampton Conference of the ALP.
Eroll Hodder discuss the impact of the Fitzgerald Inquiry, the gerrymander in Queensland and the political will for change in the electorate.
Errol Hodder worked in the shearing industry around Roma from 1955. He joined the Australian Workers Union (AWU) and rose to become the AWU State Secretary (1982-88) and the Senior Vice-President of the ALP in Queensland (1982-90).
Errol Raymond Hodder was born in Brisbane on 4 September 1938 attending Virginia State School and later receiving a Commonwealth Bank scholarship to attend the Australian Administrative Staff College in Victoria in 1976. He was awarded an American Chamber of Commerce Scholarship to attend the Harvard Trade Union Program, at the Harvard Business School, Boston, in 1980.
Hodder first joined the Australian Workers Union (AWU) in 1955 while working in the shearing industry in western Queensland. He took an active interest in union affairs and worked his way up from AWU Organiser (1969), to District Secretary and Queensland Branch Executive Member (1971-82), finally becoming Queensland Branch Secretary (1982-88) and Federal AWU Secretary (1988-91). He represented the AWU on the Australian Council of Trade Unions Executive (1984-89) and became ACTU Junior Vice President (1989-91).
Having first joined in 1960, he re-joined the ALP in about 1971 and went on to play an active role in the party, particularly following the 1980 National Executive intervention into the Queensland Branch. Hodder worked to achieve the return of the ALP to government in Queensland in 1989. Through this time, he also served on the ALP's Queensland Central Executive and as the party’s Senior Vice President (1982-90). He represented the Queensland Branch on the ALP National Executive as well as being a delegate to the ALP National Conference (1982-90).
Hodder went on to serve on the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (1991-2003) concurrently serving with the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (1997-2003).
Since his retirement, Hodder has been engaged as an Arbitrator, as a Mediator and as a Chairperson of Misconduct Investigation Committees. He has facilitated Union/Employer Enterprise Bargaining negotiations. Hodder was a member of the Queensland Government Workplace Health and Safety Enforceable Undertakings Committee (2004-13) and since April 2012, an Ombudsman for the National Health Services Union. He has been employed as an Investigator into workplace issues on behalf of the Vice Chancellor of Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, and is currently Chairperson of a Misconduct Investigation Committee appointed by the Vice Chancellor of the Southern Cross University, Lismore, New South Wales.
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