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More than 600 Australians are taking to the streets today (03.12.11) to show their support for Qantas/Jetstar workers in the ongoing dispute with management. ‘Qantas Families Day’ is an initiative of a number of Trade Unions representing workers employed by the airline.
The TWU will move towards immediate arbitration of the Qantas dispute. At the same time, the union will be calling for an aviation award to be established across the industry.
The Transport Workers Union of Australia (TWU) today welcomed the Federal Government’s commitment to introduce legislation in the final sitting week of Parliament to rectify the defective and dangerous system of truck driver remuneration across the country and to address the economic pressures that the major industry clients place on the industry.
Qantas today refused point-blank to extend conciliation by a further 21 days. This strategy undermines the false platitudes that Qantas executives have planted in the media in recent days about their "confidence" in reaching agreement.
Results from one of the largest ever surveys of truck drivers show around forty per cent of truck drivers report being pressured into breaking fatigue regulations and one-in-four have said they are forced to drive at excessive speeds in order to meet deadlines.
Any decision to appeal the decision by Fair Work Australia (FWA) of 31 October 2011 involves questions of broader importance to working people throughout the country. That is why the TWU and other unions are engaged in ongoing discussions with the ACTU.