Articles for "Month: March 2017"

October 22, 2017
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GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENT ON AIRPORT SECURITY IS PIECEMEAL

New measures for ground-handling staff at airports will not go far enough in strengthening security, says the Transport Workers’ Union. The announcement by the Federal Government today fails to address high turnover rates and deliberate understaffing which are creating daily breaches at airports, the union added. “Extra checks on staff...
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October 20, 2017
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TANKER FOR THE MEMORIES

Gravel, goat tracks and guts. Brian Dixon spent his working life traversing the open roads, unpaved byways and bush tracks of northern Tasmania. Needless to say that only the most steady-handed and steely-veined drivers can boast such a career. In February 1967, Brian took a job on the cheese floor...
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October 18, 2017
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Labor vows to end pay-slashing ‘sham’ deals

    Labor will seek to crack down on big employers using “sham” enterprise agreements to cut the pay and conditions of permanent employees if the ALP wins the next election. In an address to the National Press Club today, opposition workplace relations spokesman, Brendan O’Connor will announce an ALP...
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October 18, 2017
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FAIR WORK COMMISSION SLAMS QANTAS OVER ‘LUDICROUS’ RIP OFF OF WORKERS WHO AID ELDERLY & DISABLED

The Fair Work Commission has slammed as “ludicrous” the defence by Qantas of paying less money to employees who help transfer elderly and disabled passengers around airports. The Commission backed the employees’ claims for higher pay, adding that Qantas’s arguments were “very weak and unpersuasive”. The TWU and Qantas Ground...
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October 16, 2017
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VALE HUGHIE WILLIAMS – FORMER LONG-STANDING TWU-QLD SECRETARY

It is with sadness that we confirm former Transport Workers Union – QLD Branch Secretary Hughie Williams passed away peacefully in his sleep last night. Hughie was Queensland TWU State Secretary from 1992–2010 and was the national president of the TWU in 2000. He was also State Secretary during the...
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October 13, 2017
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TWU PROTESTS ALDI’S CUT-RATE CONTRACTS PUTTING MOTORISTS AT RISK

Watch the video of TWU (VIC/TAS BRANCH) SECRETARY JOHN BERGER address the rally over Aldi’s outrageous treatment of workers. Global supermarket giant Aldi is successful because it undercuts the competition. But the cheap groceries would not be possible without Aldi’s low-cost wages. It is the hidden shame of the supermarket...
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October 13, 2017
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Memorial Service – 46th anniversary of West Gate Bridge collapse

The West Gate Bridge Memorial Committee invites you to attend the public memorial service. The collapse of the bridge, only two years into its construction, remains one of Australia’s worst peace-time workplace tragedies. It was 11:50am on 15 October 1970 when a 2000 tonne, 112 meter span between two piers...
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October 11, 2017
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MURRAY GOULBURN JOB LOSSES: TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION STATEMENT

The TWU (Vic/Tas Branch) is aware of a Murray Goulburn Co-operative Limited announcement that it intends to terminate up to 60 tanker operator roles. The TWU, which represents a large percentage of Murray Goulburn tanker drivers, is awaiting official confirmation of this decision from the company, including finer details in...
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October 9, 2017
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ONE-IN-FIVE TRUCK DRIVERS REPORT MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES

World Mental Health Day is a reminder for us all that a recent TWU survey found over one in five truck drivers have said they experienced mental health problems. That is why the TWU is helping tackle mental health issues across the transport industry with a partnership with Beyond Blue and...
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