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    Qatar Rights Record Not Acceptable

    March 08

    AFR, 7 March 2016
     
    Qatar Airways has a track record of abuse of its employees ("An audience with Qatar Airways' Al Baker", March 4). It keeps staff under constant surveillance and sacks them for minor offences, such as using too much hair gel, wearing their hat wrongly or having a tattoo. The airline is entirely owned by the Qatari government which criminalises homosexuals. When confronted over these issues while in Australia, chief executive Akbar Al Baker insisted that Qatar is a "very modern" country where there are "lady drivers".  It is not acceptable that Australia turns a blind eye to rights violations. Because clearly, as Qatar Airways flights just began into Sydney this week, these violations are now happening here.
     
    Tony Sheldon
    Transport Workers Union
    Sydney, NSW

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    Sacked For Wearing Hair Gel — Harsh Treatment Clouds New Airline

    March 02

    Working Life, 2 March 2016
     
    Controversial Qatar Airways is now operating flights to Australia despite protests over its harsh treatment of employees.

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    Tackle Illegal Asbestos Dumping By Implementing "One Strike, You’re Out" Policy - TWU NSW

    February 26

    TWU NSW BRANCH MEDIA RELEASE, 26 February 2016
     
    Transport Workers’ Union NSW Secretary Michael Aird has said that Mike Baird could tackle the scourge of illegal asbestos dumping by implementing a “One strike, you’re out” policy for clients or operators caught dumping illegally, underpaying minimum rates or not maintaining their tip trucks.

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    Smash On M4 Widening Project Highlights Wild West Nature Of Government Construction Sites

    February 25

    TWU NSW BRANCH MEDIA RELEASE, 25 February 2016
     
    Transport Workers Union NSW Secretary Michael Aird has said that safety procedures on Government infrastructure projects must be put under the microscope in the wake of revelations of a smash between a crane working on the M4 widening project and a passing B-Double truck that have only come to light ten days after the incident.

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    TWU Targets Qantas, Supermarkets

    February 25

    Transport & Logistics News, by Charles Pauka, 24 February 2015
     
    The Transport Workers’ Union is calling on Qantas to share its record profits with its employees, many of whom are struggling on low-wages and part time hours. The airline has announced profits of $688 million in the six months to December 2015, its best ever results in a 95-year history.

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    Owner-Drivers Must Stand Together On Minimum Rates: Sheldon

    February 22

    Owner Driver, by Brad Gardner, 19 February 2016
     
    Union heavyweight comes out swinging against opponents of minimum rates for owner-drivers.