Articles for "Month: April 2021"

September 16, 2022
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Real unions versus fake unions: What you must know

It is incredibly important to recognise and understand the other imposters for working people – fake unions. While fake unions have attempted to exist for some time, the pandemic was the catalyst for opportunistic fake unions to push their callous, political, and self-interested agendas to take advantage of working people seeking genuine representation and support.  Fake unions latch on to topical...
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September 16, 2022
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The cost-of-living crisis: How we are fighting for TWU members through strong union agreements.

As inflation continues to rise and working Australians are watching their money shrink with every bill and grocery shop, the pressure for millions is immense. There is a very clear reason why so many are feeling the pinch – and it’s intrinsically linked to deliberate actions taken by the Liberal National Government to benefit big business while sending working families backwards for over a decade. ...
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September 2, 2022
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The TWU welcomes Minister for Workplace Relations Tony Burke’s commitment to enforceable standards in Transport.

This Wednesday was a celebrated day for transport workers. At a roundtable convened by the Minister for Workplace Relations, Tony Burke, Woolworths, Coles, Uber, DoorDash, major transport operators, industry associations and the TWU backed a shared set of principles calling for reform to set enforceable standards across the industry. Prior to the Jobs and...
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August 12, 2022
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Peaceful convoy in Melbourne and around the country also reenforces the need for Safe Rates and reform

Mike McNess, Branch Secretary together with Branch Assistant Secretary Mem Suleyman, led a peaceful convoy of more than 60 people through Melbourne.  Hundreds of transport worker employees, owner drivers and gig workers also joined convoys around Australia’s capital cities to up calls for the Federal Government and State Government to urgently...
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August 12, 2022
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The TWU takes to Canberra in the pursuit of Safe Rates and transport reform

Mike McNess (Branch Secretary) and Mem Suleyman(Branch Assistant Secretary), along with a delegation of workers and industry groups were at Parliament House meeting politicians to share real-life examples of gig economy and supply chain pressure making their jobs harder and more dangerous Politicians in Canberra met with TWU members from...
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July 15, 2022
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TWU meets with Melbourne Councillors: a win for TWU members as Melbourne CBD bike lane plans are paused

The TWU Victoria & Tasmania sub-committee has met with Councillors from the City of Melbourne to discuss the dangers facing transport workers as a result of fixed bike lanes. These discussions exposed the lack of consideration and lack of understanding of the work of essential transport workers who frequent the...
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June 30, 2022
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Transport worker uproar: City of Melbourne forced to pause further bike lanes for at least 12 months

Since the last update, the TWU has continued to raise the legitimate concerns of transport workers in freight delivery, food delivery, passenger vehicles, courier drivers, cash-in-transit, buses, and furniture removal. The City of Melbourne has agreed to halt construction of further bike lanes for at least another 12 months. TWU members across a variety of...
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June 10, 2022
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Roads must be shared safely with all road users: Melbourne City Council forced to pause plans to implement more fixed bike lanes in Melbourne’s CBD

Last week, the TWU Victoria & Tasmania launched part one of an eight-point plan to improve safety for transport workers by calling on the Victorian Government and City of Melbourne to pause plans for an increase to fixed bike lanes in Melbourne’s CBD. As a result, plans have been put on hold...
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June 3, 2022
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VICTORIAN AND TASMANIAN TRANSPORT WORKERS LAUNCH PLAN FOR SAFER, HEALTHIER INDUSTRY

Delegates of the TWU Vic/Tas Branch have unveiled a “Transport Safety Action Plan” calling on the Government to make transport safer and more sustainable across Victoria and Tasmania. TWU health and safety representatives are also calling on the Victorian and Tasmanian Governments to invest in a local launch of Steering...
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May 4, 2022
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1500 VICTORIAN BUS DRIVERS PREPARE FOR 24-HOUR STOPPAGE THIS FRIDAY

Over 1500 Victorian bus drivers from Dysons and Ventura are preparing for a 24-hour stoppage commencing this Friday morning. The decision by TWUmembers comes after ongoing negotiations with two of the state’s leading bus operators – Dysons and Ventura – and the Transport Workers’ Union Victoria & Tasmania remain at an impasse over improvements to employment conditions.  TWU bus driver members at Dysons are seeking improved conditions and fair wage...
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April 1, 2022
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Budget 2022-23: Effect on the transport industry and workers.

This week’s Federal Budget promises more supply chain chaos. An absence of targeted fuel cost relief and no action on deadly pressures exacerbated by COVID will force more workers to park up their trucks.  The Federal Government’s wholly inadequate plan to cut fuel prices is cold comfort to owner drivers forced...
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December 21, 2021
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Some Exciting Changes at the TWU

Dear members,  We’re pleased to announce some exciting changes at the TWU. John Berger and Chris Fennell, two stalwarts of the union, are moving on and the Branch Committee of Management have unanimously endorsed Mike McNess as the new Branch Secretary and Mem Suleyman into the Assistant Secretary role.  Thank you,...
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February 3, 2020
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Aviation Workers Failed on COVID-19

Aviation workers on the frontline of the coronavirus threat at our airports are being failed. The Federal Government has ignored worker calls to suspend incoming flights from China to protect the public from an outbreak. Qantas has threatened workers concerned about servicing aircraft from China with disciplinary action and has...
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