Articles for "Month: November 2017"

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 16, 2018
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JOIN THE FIGHT FOR BETTER JOBS FOR AIRPORT WORKERS – AVIATION NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION

On November 29th last year airport workers across the country mobilised to fight against attempts to legalise split shifts. SPLIT SHIFTS SPLIT FAMILIES. On February 16th this year the fight will escalate as the federal court hears Aerocare’s application to have split shifts deemed legal under the award. Airport workers...
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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 9, 2018
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VALE GRAEME BURGESS

The TWU (Vic/Tas Branch) would like to extend its deepest and sincerest sympathies and condolences to the family of long-standing TWU member Graeme Burgess. Graeme was a COMCAR driver prior to his appointment as Branch WorkCover Officer. He will be remembered as a stalwart of the Union movement and a...
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January 8, 2018
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TWU WORKING FOR ALL FOOD DELIVERY WORKERS

Every single person performing food delivery work needs rights and protections. It can be a dangerous profession and, whether you undertake work for UberEATS, Foodora, Deliveroo or any other provider, you deserve a fair deal that guarantees you will arrive home safely at the end of each shift. But it...
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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 20, 2017
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IT HAS BEEN A GREAT YEAR FOR THE TWU – A message to members from John Berger (Vic/Tas Branch) Secretary

It has been a highly-active year full of many challenges and victories in all our sectors – from truck and bus drivers, waste, cash-in-transit and gas to ports and logistics and aviation. I would particularly like to thank every single member for the grassroots strength that assisted greatly as we...
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