Articles for "Month: April 2019"

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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June 19, 2019
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UNION MEMBERSHIP 100% DEDUCTABLE

Tell your workmates who are non-union members – as we approach the end of financial year, remember that, as a TWU member, you are eligible to claim back membership fees on your tax.Combine this with the higher wages & better conditions enjoyed by union workplaces, and it really does pay...
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June 18, 2019
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THE GIG’S UP – ON-DEMAND WORKER SURVEY FINDING

A major survey released today found transport and delivery workers in the gig economy are paid less, work more unpaid hours and are less satisfied than other workers. This isn’t progress, the Federal Coalition must stop bystanding and regulate this organised model of worker exploitation. READ MORE: https://www.twu.com.au/home/campaigns/on-demand-workers-join-the-fight!/gig-economy-survey-reveals-exploitation-of-transpo/?fbclid=IwAR2YWvX2xpifZqaxFw2qf0XicaBpVlKP0d8rW0-MN8xgH_eCeRyj7LE5oYg
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June 17, 2019
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TWU HERE TO STAY

Henry Fuller became the human face of an unfolding landmark news event after his employer, Ford, dropped a bombshell in 2013 that it would shut all its local plants and cull hundreds of jobs, Henry’s included. Henry was last weekend again featured in a news article, this one detailing some...
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June 13, 2019
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Uber’s air taxi vision isn’t amazing, it’s dystopian

Uber Air yesterday announced plans to start test flights of its aerial taxi service in Melbourne next year, and move to commercial operations by 2023. Uber Australia rideshare drivers and food delivery riders are currently paid below minimum wages, are inadequately paid to meet tax payments and adequately maintain their...
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June 11, 2019
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AIRPORTS PUT ON NOTICE

Cabin crew like Jo at Virgin are ready to take the fight to the top of the supply chain in aviation: the big airports making billions off the backs of aviation workers. The TWU’s 2020 Campaign is about fighting to have safety and fairness placed at the heart of the...
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June 7, 2019
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AIRCRAFT REFUELLERS VOTE ON INDUSTRIAL ACTION

Victorian aircraft refueling workers have applied to the Fair Work Commission to take protected industrial action – including the right to strike. Negotiations for a new enterprise agreement between the TWU and Viva Energy Australia/Zip broke down in talks yesterday. TWU members, who currently service the vast majority of domestic...
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June 6, 2019
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FIGHT FOR SAFER SKIES

Aviation 2019 – exploitation of labour hire, casualisation and foreign crew have led to a situation where workers are doing the same jobs but receiving wildly different rates of pay. In fact, TWU (Vic/Tas Branch) Delegate and flight attendant Glenn Barfoot said there can be as many as five different...
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June 4, 2019
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DRIVERS TAKE ACTION

Staunch TWU Martyrs bus members were on the picket line from early this morning. The drivers elected to take the protected industrial action following months of negotiations and after receiving the operators latest sub-standard and insulting wage offer. The strike – which stopped all Martyrs services – follows other authorised...
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June 3, 2019
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BUS STRIKE TOMORROW

TWU Martyrs bus members will take protected industrial action tomorrow following months of negotiations and after receiving the operators latest sub-standard and insulting wage offer. Tomorrow’s strike – which will impact bus runs in northern Victoria – follows other authorised protests taken recently by Victorian bus drivers – the first...
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