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19 May 2011

Organising Visit to Darwin

This last week has been hectic with the completion of the organising works training with the ACTU in Melbourne on Tuesday & Wednesday then a whirlwind trip to Darwin on the red eye special arriving at 2am on Thursday morning. We had meetings planned at both Gate Gourmet & Armagaurd to finalise their local Collective agreements. On Thursday morning I had a meeting with Gate Gourmet members. I put to the members the company’s current pay offer. TWU members rejected the company’s offer unanimously stating that was not good enough. After months of negotiation the members have drawn a line in the sand, a resolution was put to the floor that they would accept nothing less than 4%+4%+4% wages increases and 1%+1%+1% Superannuation increases per annum for 3 years. The members have grown tired of the continual attempts to erode their conditions and are insisting that all current conditions are rolled over in to the new agreement. They stated at the meeting this was their wish that they were prepared to have a go take the boss on & endorsed that claim. We have had a great out come at Armagaurd reaching an in principle agreement with management of 4%+4%+4% wage increase 1%+1%+1% superannuation increase . On top of the significant above inflation pay increases we have ground breaking clauses in the agreement around consultation & resolving disputes plus union access to inductions. Now it is up to the members to make the final decision in the up coming vote on the EBA Friday morning I met our members at Fulton Hogan. The TWU have been heavily negotiating with management over their new collective agreement. We have been able to negotiate a deal that delivers 4%+4%+4% per year & living away allowance $50/ day. Fulton Hogan workers are now the best paid in town for that type of work. The workers at Fulton Hogan do a lot of away work and this EBA will see them earn an extra $350+ per week for away work. Not a bad deal when you consider Union dues cost only $8.15 per week. I am hopeful that other workers in the industry will join the union and insist on a deal that will see them get a fair wage as well. I managed to catch up with a fair few members but unfortunately could not catch up with you all. It won’t be my last visit to Darwin so next time I'm up I will hopefully see the members I missed this trip. TWU members in the NT are great people working towards a common goal of improving the wages & conditions. Darwin is not a cheap place to live and the need for decent pay rises has never been greater. It was good to see people understanding that the best way to achieve better pay is to join a union and demand a decent wage. I signed up 17 new members in two days and I wish to welcome all of them to the TWU, the more of us there are the stronger we get. Ian Smith Assistant Secretary TWU SA/NT branch For enquiries or to join the union call (08) 8346 4177 or email info@twusant.com.au
05 May 2011

TWU SA/NT Secretary Ray Wyatt reminds us all that Aviation workers, and the traveling public are prime targets for terrorism. Aviation security is one of the most important areas when in comes to combating the threat of terrorism. [youtube]2En-cQfFhuY[/youtube]
29 Apr 2011

Qantas Managment heading for More Strife

Release date: 29/04/2011 Qantas engineers will decide next week how to proceed with industrial action if they cannot negotiate a settlement in their dispute on working conditions. Steve Creedy, The Australian Talks between the parties will continue after discussions yesterday failed to reach agreement. "We'll continue talking and hope we can find a solution," Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association federal secretary Steve Purvinas said. Mr Purvinas said an executive meeting on Tuesday would discuss industrial action and how to progress negotiations. Association members have voted for industrial action, likely to involve rolling stoppages, working to rule and overtime bans, rather than all-out strike. The union must take action within 30 days of the April 13 ballot declaration or apply for an extension. Officials have said they are unlikely to seek an extension unless they are close to a negotiated settlement. The engineers are seeking a guarantee from Qantas it will bring maintenance work on new aircraft such as the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 787 to Australia. Qantas is taking a hard line on the job security issue, warning that industrial action could backfire on the union. Chief executive Alan Joyce last week accused the unions of running a "kamikaze campaign". Click here to read the story on The Australian website
24 Aug 2010


ROAD As a Board Member of the MotorAccident Commission the harsh realityof road deaths in South Australia issomething I am reminded of everyday.It is also something that effects theTransport Workers Union and we havelost members as a result of tragicaccidents on the roads.
It is for this reason that I think it isgood to get back to basics and remindourselves to stay safe on the road.We can often get distracted by loomingdeadlines, work issues, traffic delaysor even things that are happening athome and forget to take care of thebasics behind the wheel.Already in 2010 we have had 4 deathson the road involving heavy vehicles.In 2009 15 people died in heavyvehicles on South Australian roads.
We need to take note of these statisticsand remind ourselves to stay safe onthe road.The Motor Accident Commission isalways running campaigns to increasedriver awareness on the road.One of their current campaigns thatrepresents the transport industry isfatigue.The introduction of the new heavyvehicle driver fatigue laws during 2009put this issue at the forefront of thetransport industry.I just want to take the time to get backto basics and remind ourselves of theimportance of staying awake and alerton the road.
Driving Related:
Occurs when a person becomestired or fatigued after driving for twohours without a break. For example,when taking a long drive to a holidaydestination.
Driving Whilst Fatigued:
Occurs when a person drives afterbeing awake for 17+ hours. For example,shift workers or people with busy,stressful lives.
Fatigue can develop as a result of any ofthe following:
• Working long hours
• Getting poor sleep
• Driving for too long and not takingbreaks
• Getting less than normal sleep
• Insufficiently resting prior to driving
• Driving home late at night
• Driving when you would normally besleeping
• Driving whilst tired
• Driving some time after drinking alcohol
Fatigue related crashes are often onopen roads at high speeds and occurduring the hours of 1pm-3pm and 2am-6am, with a higher incidence on Friday,Saturday and Sunday.
You knowthat you are becoming fatigued if you have acombinationof any of thefollowing:
• Continualyawning
• Difficulty keeping head up and eyesopen
• Eyes feel sore and heavy
• Vision starts to blur
• Seeing things
• Difficulty holding a conversation
• Daydreaming
• Impatience and making rash decisions
• Reactions seem slow
• Feeling stiff or cramped
• Wandering over the centre line, intoanother lane or on to the road edge
• Hearing droning or humming in yourears
• Not noticing a vehicle until it suddenlyovertakes
• Not remembering driving the last fewkilometres
When you notice any of these warningsigns, take a break .
Rest every twohours.
*Driving while fatigued is a problem foreveryone on the road. Do your part andstay safe.


  • Employers and the Government have never just handed out better conditions.Benefits like weekends, overtime, sick leave, holidays, pensions, RDOs, redundancy and ending child labour have all been fought for and won by union members.

  • Union workplaces are safer because people aren't afraid to speak up on safety issues. International studies show that union workplaces have an injury rate 24% lower than non-union workplaces.

  • Being a union member means you can rest easy without fears you will lose your job. If you are unfairly dismissed, our legal team will back you every step of the way.

  • Transport is the most dangerous industry in Australia. Union members have access to in-house training, allowing members to build safer and stronger workplaces.

  • Your concerns are never swept under the carpet on TWU sites. The union is your voice at work.

  • The union has an experienced in-house legal team together with access to leading law firm Andersons (Halfpennys in NT) to represent you in unfair dismissals, underpayments and WorkCover claims and more.

  • Union workplace agreements mean employer superannuation contributions well above the 9.5% Government rate - which could mean hundreds of thousands of dollars!

  • The TWU is a strong, active union, campaigning on local and national issues that matter to you: superannuation, Medicare, workplace safety, pay and many, many more.