Those at top of chain-of-responsibility should be held accountable for truck road deaths: new research. 

February 2, 2017
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A truck cabin is among the deadliest workplaces in Australia, new research shows. The Macquarie University study, which surveyed 559 truck drivers, found a high proportion are forced to work long and dangerous hours carrying unsafe loads to avoid losing their jobs. The report, to be released today at a TWU road safety summit,...

Unions urge trains and trams to be returned to public hands

February 2, 2017
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The TWU has joined an RTBU-led campaign to put trams and trains back in the Victorian public’s hands and stop billions of dollars of revenue going to foreign companies.   The issue has united the broader labour movement who were out in force at the public campaign launch at Trades...

TWU National Secretary on the Today Show speaking about raids on a transport business and transport industry safety crisis

February 2, 2017
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TWU National Secretary spoke this morning to the Today Show about raids currently being conducted on a Sydney transport business and the crises in the transport industry. Watch the video now on the TWU (Vic/Tas Branch) Facebook page. In the video, Mr Sheldon also discussed why the transport industry has...

Labor pledges to protect penalty rates

January 27, 2017
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The ACTU has welcomed Labor Leader Bill Shorten’s firm pre-Australia Day commitment to protect in legislation the wages of millions of workers who rely on weekend penalty rates.   The pay packets of many TWU members, along with millions of other Australians who rely on penalty rates to survive, are...

NEW DATA PROVES JOINING A UNION EQUALS BETTER PAY

January 26, 2017
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Workers on enterprise agreements are paid 25% more than workers on awards or the minimum wage, according to ACTU analysis of newly-released Australian Bureau of Statistics data. TWU (Vic/Tas Branch) Acting Secretary Chris Fennell said the statistics strongly confirmed that the hard work undertaken by Union organisers and delegates on behalf...

TASMANIAN TRUCK DRIVERS MEMORIAL

January 26, 2017
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FAMILY, friends, workmates and colleagues stood side-by-side and, some, arm-in-arm, at the Tasmanian Truck Drivers Memorial last Saturday to honour those who have lost their lives at work – on and off the road. The memorial is established at the Epping Forest Road House in the Northern Midlands. Twin walls of the...

Another reason to celebrate Australia Day – Summer road construction blitz ends tonight

January 25, 2017
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The last of the Victorian Labor Government’s summer construction blitz wraps up tonight with major works completed on the West Gate Freeway, Shepherd Bridge in Footscray and the Tullamarine Freeway as part of the CityLink Tulla Widening Project. This work, which will benefit many thousands of TWU members, included the full...

TRUCK DRIVER TAKES AIM AT COALITION MINISTERS OVER ‘REUNION’ EXPENSES

January 13, 2017
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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was desperate for a better 2017 after a disastrous 2016, an incredible situation given he was re-elected Prime Minister in July. But those hopes appear dashed after Turnbull accepted the resignation of Health Minister Sussan Ley on 13 January following two weeks of public anger that followed revelations...

JETSTAR POLICY NOT GOOD ENOUGH – TWU HEADS TO FWC

January 12, 2017
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Members should be aware of the latest Jetstar Services EBA Update. Last year Jetstar made changes to how and when overtime is paid if you are on leave. These changes mean that leave hours are not included in ordinary hours when calculating overtime. THIS ISN’T GOOD ENOUGH. THAT’S WHY THE TWU IS DISPUTING...