The RTBU was deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Spiros Kondilis.
Spiros joined the RTBU as a junior station assistant at Caulfield Station for MetRail in 1987.
Working the Stations throughout the 90s, Sprios witnessed the amalgamation of Rail Tram and Bus Union and the privatisation of public transport before his railway career eventually saw him join the ranks of the Authorised Officers, and eventually the Network Security and Surveillance team.
Spiros always took pride in his job and cherished the camaraderie within his teams.
He valued integrity and work ethic within his professional and personal life. Described by those who knew him as charismatic and hardworking, Spiros was made for the role of Delegate.
Never shy for a fight, he was always prepared to stand up and call out unacceptable behaviour from the bosses. He fought hard for the members he represented on the job and within enterprise agreements.
Spiros’s legacy extends beyond the workplace. He was a devoted family man who cherished his loved ones above all else. His wisdom, humour, and unconditional love enriched the lives of his family and friends.
A close comrade of Spiro shared this message in memory of him: “Thank you, my brother. You taught me so much about work, family and life. You are one of the greats. I love you and I miss you.”
Spiros leaves behind a profound impact on all of those who were lucky enough to know him.
He will be sorely missed, but his memory will live on through all the lives he touched.