Articles for "Month: April 2018"

May 21, 2019
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TWU WARNS OF INDUSTRIAL CHAOS IN FIGHT FOR FAIR & SAFE JOBS

The TWU today announced major plans to take widespread industrial action as 200 enterprise agreements across aviation and road transport industries align next year. The agreements, negotiated over the past five years, cover 38,000 workers directly. What are we demanding? That safety and fairness be placed at the heart of...
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May 17, 2019
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FEDERAL ELECTION 2019 – MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT

The Australian labour movement lost a giant and favourite son with the passing of former Labor Prime Minister and ACTU President Bob Hawke yesterday. Bob will always be a beloved Australian and a hero to working people. He was a wonderful nation-builder and reformer. The architect of Medicare, universal superannuation...
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April 8, 2019
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WATERFRONT WAR ANNIVERSARY – BUT WE’RE STILL PUNCHING

On this day in 1998 Patrick Stevedores, with the support of the Federal Coalition, attempted to sack its unionised workforce and replace it with non-union labour engaged by labour hire companies. After a bitter and prolonged industrial, political and legal dispute that engulfed the nation, the MUA members were reinstated....
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January 25, 2019
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COURT REJECTS AEROCARE SPLIT SHIFT APPLICATION

Airport workers and TWU members secured a major win recently after Aerocare’s application to keep thousands of baggage handlers, cleaners and ticketing staff on low-paid, gruelling split shift work schedules was thrown out of court. The Federal Court found on 25 January that the scandal-ridden aviation services company cannot force workers...
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January 24, 2019
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ScoMo Super NoShow

Scott Morrison was the “last holdout” against calling a royal commission into the big banks, according to The New Daily – https://bit.ly/2RKyYAw. According to the report, Liberals have warned Mr Morrison’s deep opposition to the royal commission is a ticking time bomb for him. Government insiders have reportedly said the now...
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January 10, 2019
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TWU REJECTS PUSH TO REMOVE SUPER FROM WORKERS

The TWU (Vic/Tas Branch) stands with the ACTU in rejecting a Productivity Commission proposal that superannuation be removed from the industrial relations system. Acting Branch Secretary Chris Fennell said the TWU has a long and proud history of ensuring members receive above average superannuation payments and fighting against rogue employers...
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July 12, 2019
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FAREWELL & CONGRATULATIONS TO A STAUNCH DELEGATE

Three cheers goes to the widely-respected Alan Brabazon who has retired from the workforce after a mighty 19 years as a TWU (Vic/Tas Branch) K&S Freighters Delegate at Truganina. Well done Alan you are a rolled gold union man and, through good times and bad, were always ready to roll...
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July 9, 2019
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A MILLION AUSSIES WANT MORE WORK

More than one million Australians want to work more hours but can’t get them, according to new ABS labour force data.Sadly, many of these workers have been suffering under insecure work conditions for over a year and are in a poor negotiating position and lack bargaining power.Australia already has some...
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July 8, 2019
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MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE REMINDER

The minimum hourly rate for workers on award wages increased on 1 July. The TWU encourages all workers to double-check their payslips to ensure employers have passed on the increase. A 3 per cent wage pay rise applies to all employees on awards from July 1, with the Fair Work...
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July 5, 2019
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2019 MEMBER DINNERS

Thank you to all who attended recent member dinners in Wodonga and Shepparton – it is always great to see such a big turnout to these union events. And congratulations again to those members recognised for their long term contributions to the movement. The Branch regularly holds events and training...
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July 3, 2019
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FORMER TWU NATIONAL SECRETARY NOW FEDERAL SENATOR

Former TWU National Secretary Tony Sheldon has been sworn in as a Federal Senator. Tony has championed the cause of transport workers for decades and fought to ensure wealthy global companies that put the squeeze on transport workers are held to account. And he will continue with this in parliament....
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July 2, 2019
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ALDI – GIVE TRANSPORT A FAIR GO

Transport workers know how important safety is to our communities. Unfortunately, Aldi would rather silence them in a court case than listen to their safety concerns. And it would rather do whatever it takes to get a disgruntled customer back, than do anything about its drivers safety concerns. Aldi, you...
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June 27, 2019
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BUS DRIVER SAFETY MUST BE PRIORITY #1

Physical or verbal abuse should never be part of any job, but that is sadly still a reality for many hard-working bus drivers. And the stress of working under tight timetables, road rage and handling fare evasion just compounds the issues related to passenger aggression inside the bus. The TWU...
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June 26, 2019
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AERO NO CARE EA

Today Swissport/Aerocare will appear in the Fair Work Commission to seek approval for an enterprise agreement that rips its workers off.How? Staff aren’t being paid what they are entitled to on Sundays, early morning and night shifts. As for workers on split shifts they should be getting overtime and this...
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June 25, 2019
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QANTAS SENDS WRONG MESSAGE TO WORKERS

The TWU yesterday joined the ACTU in challenging Qantas’ discriminatory bonus scheme in court over its fairness and legality.When we announced this publicly, Qantas’ response was to send an e-communication to workers to say it might just abandon bonuses in future and hand all profits to shareholders.Engaging with workers, instead...
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