Articles for "Month: March 2017"

January 23, 2018
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Tasmanian truck drivers’ memorial wall celebration

Hundreds of family, friends, workmates and colleagues stood side-by-side at the Tasmanian Truck Drivers Memorial last week to honour those who have lost their lives at work – on and off the road. The fourth annual memorial wall celebration, established at the Epping Forest Road House in the Northern Midlands,...
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January 17, 2018
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TRANSPORT INDUSTRY A MOST DEADLY PROFESSION: NEW DATA REVEALS

It will come as no surprise to TWU members that the transport, postal and warehousing industry suffered more fatalities than any other industry in Australia in 2016, according to an analysis of the latest Safe Work Australia data. In 2016, 47 transport workers lost their lives on the job and...
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January 11, 2018
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UNITED WE STAND – AND WIN

Twenty years ago this week a group of staunch TWU members accepted a package from Mayne Nickless after six weeks on the picket line.  Mayne’s does not exist anymore but the TWU is still here to represent and protect its members. Read the story below of this seminal victory –...
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January 4, 2018
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EVERY LIFE ON OUR ROADS MATTER

  Liberal backbencher Sarah Henderson this week called for a review of international driver’s license rules and said international tourists should have to prove their driving skills before being able to hire a car. The member for Corangamite wrote on her Facebook page: “A crackdown on international drivers is necessary...
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January 3, 2018
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Industry Expert Believes Truck Drivers on the Road Too Long to Stay Safe

The pay structure in trucking is INCOMPATIBLE WITH SAFETY, often WILL NOT COVER COSTS FOR DRIVERS and is leading to an INCREASING NUMBER of devastating fatal and non-fatal heavy vehicle accidents, according to director of the University of NSW’s Transport and Road Safety Research Centre Professor Ann Williamson. This includes...
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December 30, 2017
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Companies risk lives by putting sleep-deprived USA port truckers on the road

Ports are dangerous enough workplaces without appalling conditions – including some truck drivers working 20 hours in a day – being forced on workers in the USA.  These dangerous practices also reinforce why the TWU’s campaign for Safe Rates is so important. Being a truckie is Australia’s most dangerous job. For...
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December 6, 2017
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TIPPER INDUSTRY UPDATE : WHEELS IN MOTION

The TWU is currently in high-level discussions with the State Government and other industry stakeholders in regards to replacing the current pay-by-the-load system used on government infrastructure projects for tipper owner drivers with set, minimum rates. These discussions have been taking place since Premier Daniel Andrews announced the pay system...
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December 6, 2017
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TIP TOP DRIVERS TRAVEL TO CANBERRA TO DEMAND ACTION ON SAFETY & EXPLOITATION

Exploited owner drivers working for bread manufacturer Tip Top are in Canberra today demanding that the Federal Government reinstate legislation that dealt exploitation and safety risks in transport supply chains. Tip Top, which operates in the Aldi supply chain, has been exposed over forcing drivers to struggle with weekly cuts...
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November 15, 2017
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TWU protest at ALDI stores across Australia

Transport Workers’ Union members have protested across Australia amid claims Aldi has forced truck drivers to work ‘extraordinary hours’, leaving them exhausted and putting other lives ‘directly at risk.’ Tony Sheldon, the Transport Workers’ Union national secretary, told the Today Show on Wednesday employees were forced to speak out after Aldi refused...
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