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Leader ‘sadly missed’

Monday, 23rd February, 2015

John Butcher John Butcher

A local union leader has paid tribute to former WIU of A president John Butcher who passed away last week.

Mr Butcher worked at the Zinc Mine before becoming the local Check Inspector in the mid 1970s, taking over from Max Stewart.

In the 1980s he was elected president of the Workers Industrial Union of Australia and remained in the position for several years.

CFMEU vice president Greg Braes said he knew Mr Butcher from when he worked on the mine and, in more recent years, the former union leader would visit him at his Trades Hall office.

He described Mr Butcher as a “good bloke” who always put the interest of the worker first, particuarly when it came to safety.

“He used to call in from time to time and have a chat.

“He was a good bloke; he was upfront. He was a strong voice for the safety of workers.”

Mr Braes said Mr Butcher would be sadly missed. 

Mr Butcher, who passed away on Thursday, is survived by his wife Pat and four children. His funeral service will be held today at Fred J Potter and Sons Funeral Chapel.

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