Articles for "Month: March 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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August 21, 2019
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SAME JOB. SAME PAY. SAME FIGHT – AVIATION PROTESTS

Aviation workers and TWU members protested today at Tullamarine Airport to let passengers know that, beneath the shiny facade of the airport, there’s an ugly underside to the industry where workers are struggling to make ends meet.The protest was part of a National Day of Action where aviation workers stood...
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August 20, 2019
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Airports National Day of Action – Tomorrow

At just one company of 324 employees at Sydney Airport, there were 132 injury reports in one year. And that is just the tip of the iceberg – safety is a serious issue in all companies at airports across Australia and aviation jobs are becoming more dangerous with increasing casualisation...
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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 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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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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June 24, 2019
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ACTU CHALLENGE QANTAS’ BONUS SHAM

The ACTU this morning lodged a legal challenge to Qantas’ sham bonus scheme.Last August, Qantas posted a $1.6 billion record profit and announced workers’ bonuses. What it did not reveal publicly was that it would underhandedly link bonuses to workers signing a new company-endorsed EA!Under this plan, some bonuses would...
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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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