The staff, members and officials of the CPSU are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear comrade Michael Gleave.
Michael died early on Friday morning after a long battle with cancer.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Cheryl, their family and Michael’s many friends throughout the union movement, the Labor Party and beyond.
Michael was an energetic, generous and thoroughly decent man who spent his life representing working people and campaigning on a wide range of progressive issues from anti-apartheid to workers’ rights to protecting public services.
A natural leader, Michael spent much of his time at the CPSU mentoring and encouraging younger union staff and delegates, sharing the insights and knowledge he’d built-up over many years in the movement.
Michael started out as a CPSU delegate in Customs, leading workplace campaigns and strikes.
After becoming an official in the NSW branch, he played a key role in the move to modernise our union and adapt to challenging times.
Michael has represented members in every area of our coverage and in more recent years became a much-respected leader within the Members Service Centre. He retired from the CPSU in July 2013.
Away from work Michael was a passionate sports fan who regularly crossed the globe to support his beloved Socceroos and was recently thrilled to see Sydney FC win the grand final. He was equally passionate about music and everything Cuban – from politics to rum!
He will be sadly missed.
Adios amigo. Muchas gracias
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- 1973 Workplace Delegate in Customs
- 1974-1977 NSW Branch Councillor and Executive Member
- 1976 Dept of Employment and Industrial Relations
- 1977-1982 NSW Branch Assistant Secretary
- 1983 -1991 NSW Branch President
- 1991 Granted Life Membership
- 1994-1996 Out posted from Dept of Employment to Labor Council of NSW
- 1996-2004 NSW Dept of Industrial Relations Award Enquiry Service (member of NSW PSA)
- 2005-2013 CPSU Member Service Centre
Throughout the 1980s Michael was also part time member of the Merit Protection and Review Agency and a Director of the Trade Union Medical Centre.