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 23, 2019
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FAREWELL COMRADES

It is always a day of mixed feelings when long-time staunch members retire from the workforce, we are proud to celebrate their contributions to the fight but sorry to see them go. And so it was this week when we said goodbye to two rolled gold members at a special...
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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 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 20, 2019
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MEMBER RECOGNISED FOR BRAVE ACT

TWU (Vic/Tas) member Andrew Hastings has received the Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian accolade for his “actions and compassion” after being first on the scene at a multi-vehicle smash on Victoria’s Western Freeway. Andrew, who works for Linfox, doused the flames in one vehicle with his on-board fire extinguisher before assisting...
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May 24, 2019
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TWU SUPPORTS MEMBERS AFTER SHOCK FACTORY CLOSURE

The TWU (Vic/Tas Branch) is disappointed with Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd’s decision to close its Dennington factory in south-west Victoria with 98 employees to lose their jobs. The TWU, which represents a large percentage of Fonterra tanker drivers, is awaiting finer details from the New Zealand-based company in regards to...
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May 15, 2019
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WHERE’S THE SAFE RATES, MORRISON?

Three years ago the Federal Coalition axed the road safety watchdog.They promised a new system but truck drivers and road users are still waiting for the Government to act.The watchdog had the power to set pay and conditions for road transport drivers, hold major companies to account for low cost...
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May 1, 2019
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BIG TWU WIN FOR OWNER DRIVERS & GIG WORKERS

The TWU welcomes proposed legislative changes that will make Victorian roads safer by ensuing thousands of owner drivers, forestry contractors and on-demand workers are paid a living wage. The Bill, introduced yesterday by Victorian Industrial Relations Minister Tim Pallas, will ensure these workers will no longer be vulnerable to exploitation...
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March 31, 2019
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SAFE RATES CONVOY – SAFER ROADS SAVES LIVES

Road transport workers and their supporters were loud and proud in Melbourne this morning as they formed a convoy for better pay, 30-day payment terms, training for new drivers and safer roads. TWU convoys were also held in Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane. Branch Secretary John Berger told media that...
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March 20, 2019
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SAFE RATES – ACTION NEEDED NOW

The TWU has slammed the Federal Government for refusing to address the problems in trucking, which has seen 12 people killed in just 11 days in truck crashes. The latest death occurred today when a cyclist was killed after being hit by a truck in Newcastle. Five people have been...
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