TWU

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    An Extreme Race to the Bottom

    March 17

    Owner Driver, by TWU National Secretary Tony Sheldon, 17 March 2016
     
    There is a pride in the professionalism of drivers who carry the heavy loads over vast distances around our country. The skill requires training and experience and without these components things can go horribly wrong. We saw this starkly recently in Sydney this year when a driver on a temporary visa was unable to reverse his over-height truck, owned by Scott’s Transport of Mt Gambier, out of the M5 airport tunnel after trying to enter it in error. The incident held up traffic at the busy route for several hours before police and Road and Maritime Service personnel came and dealt with the situation.

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    Stop Being Numb To Truck Deaths Says The TWU

    March 15


    Big Rigs, by Carly Morrissey, 15 March 2016

     
    The transport workers’ union wants the transport industry to stop being numb to truck related deaths.

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    Union Pushes For National Focus On Road Safety After String Of Truck Fatalities

    March 11

    ABC Newcastle, by Liz Farquhar, 10 March 2016
     
    A horror run of fatalities involving trucks on Australian roads this month has prompted a call for the Federal Government to back a ruling by the road safety watchdog.

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    Not So Fast: TWU Rallies To Prevent Minimum Rates Delay

    March 10

    Owner Driver, by Brad Gardner, 10 March 2016
     
    The Transport Workers Union will not support applications to delay minimum rates until 2017.

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    Auckland Bus Strike Escalates

    March 09

    FIRST Union PRESS RELEASE, 2 March 2016
     
    Auckland bus strike escalates – drivers refuse to handle cash.
     
    Over 100 FIRST Union members from Howick and Eastern Buses are recommencing strike action as the company makes repeated attempts to remove overtime and weekend rates for drivers, says FIRST Union Bus Organiser Rudd Hughes.

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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