• News

    Qantas axes hundreds of jobs

    November 08

    - 200 Qantas line maintenance jobs cut in Sydney
    - 250 contractors at Avalon in Victoria

    - About 50 jobs elsewhere, including Richmond

    - 100 new jobs created in Brisbane

    By Matt O'Sullivan, Sydney Morning Herald, 8 November 2012

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    ACCC backs owner-driver push to bargain with Hanson

    November 08

    A push by owner-drivers to band together and negotiate rates and conditions with construction firm Hanson in Queensland is one step closer to happening, with the competition regulator backing the move.

    By Brad Gardner, Australian Transport News, 8 November 2012

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    Trucking tragedies highlight safety crisis

    November 07

    Media reports of nine separate fatal crashes in a recent 10-day period has drawn attention to the need to address the pressure put on truck drivers in the region.

    Surf Coast Times, 7 November 2012

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    Bus drivers take action for better job conditions

    November 02

    UNION representatives from Hunter Valley Buses met with management yesterday to discuss concerns regarding safety, rostering and workloads.

    By Janek Speight, Newcastle Herald Print Ed., 2 November 2012

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    Unions unite against New Zealand trade ties

    October 30

    UNIONS have launched a rearguard action against proposals for a new round of trade liberalisation between Australia and New Zealand that will slash tariffs, loosen restrictions on trans-Tasman direct investment and review the foreign ownership caps on Qantas and Air New Zealand.

    By Annabel Hepworth, The Australian, 30 October 2012

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    ‘Safe rates’ legislation needed in New Zealand also

    October 26

    A law change is needed to stop unsafe practises by truck drivers on New Zealand’s roads, the drivers’ union said today, ahead of a special briefing later this morning on new legislation protecting Australian drivers.

    First Union Media Release