Articles for "Month: May 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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August 15, 2019
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MORE AIRPORT RIP-OFFS

Sydney Airport slashed jobs by 8% and allowed wage theft of aviation workers while growing revenue to $800m, according to their half year report released today. Next Wednesday, aviation workers will protest at airports across the country to demand better, safer jobs. Talk to your TWU delegate to join the...
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August 12, 2019
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TWU WORKING TO CLOSE THE GAP

A new report has revealed the transport industry rates as one of the lowest in Australia for gender diversity and equality. The TWU is working with female members on identifying and tackling gender issues and discrimination. If you haven’t yet, join your union. Leave a comment or send a private...
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August 11, 2019
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SUBSTANDARD AGREEMENT TERMINATED

Frustrated Swissport/Aerocare won’t pay back wages or put forward an agreement the Fair Work Commission can approve? We hear you. It’s time the company did the right thing by its workers and showed it cares as much about its hard-working staff as profits.
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August 8, 2019
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AVIATION PROFITS NOT TRICKLING DOWN TO WORKERS

Swissport have reported revenues this year of almost $2.5 billion, helped by not giving its workers a fair rate of pay. Swissport said the results were driven by organic volume growth (more work) and its acquisition of Aerocare last year, workers are being forced to struggle on three-hour shifts. Aviation...
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July 26, 2019
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TRANSPORT WORKERS NEED MORE PROTECTIONS

Over 1,000 trucking companies – and 136 already in 2019 – have gone bankrupt since the Coalition tore the road safety watchdog in 2016.When so many trucking companies are under serious financial pressure, drivers get pushed to work long hours, speed and skip rest breaks and this means vital maintenance...
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July 25, 2019
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SUPER BAD IDEA ANDREW

Another day, another attack on workers by the Federal Coalition. This time Andrew Bragg MP has suggested workers who earn under $50,000 a year should not get superannuation – under this plan some people would never retire. Under Parliamentary rules, Bragg will pocket about $50,000 in superannuation payments in the...
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July 23, 2019
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RIVET ENDORSE 2020 PLAN

Our Rivet Energy members are the latest to endorse the TWU’s 2020 “Same Job, Same Pay, Same Fight” campaign. The Federal Coalition this week will introduce its proposed anti-union legislation, big bosses are wanting to privatise health care, wage theft is rampant, casualisation is increasing and wages are flat-lined. The...
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July 22, 2019
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COALITION WANTS TO MAKE WAGE THEFT EASIER

The TWU was in the FWC again this month fighting an underpayment case. We won and a whole lot of truck drivers are happy to now be on the right hourly, penalty and weekend rates – with back payments. There have been multiple examples of systemic wage theft that have...
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July 19, 2019
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TASMANIA DELEGATES TRAINING

TWU (Vic/Tas Branch) Tasmania-based Delegates this week endorsed and began planning for our 2020 “Same Job, Same Pay, Same Fight” campaign during a two-day Delegates Training Conference in Launceston. Tasmanian members are preparing for a big 2020 with many local transport companies due to begin negotiations for new enterprise agreements...
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