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Chaos coming to Aust airports, warns TWU

Union to serve claims on major hubs this week

In its ongoing push for “better and safer” jobs for its members, the Transport Workers Union (TWU) has warned of “industrial chaos” at airports over the next year. 


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Some 200 enterprise agreements involving 38,000 workers across the aviation and road transport sectors are set to expire in 2020, and the TWU has vowed to use this to maximise the effects of strikes that are likely to occur between now and then. 


Speaking to the union’s National Council in Cairns, TWU National Secretary Michael Kaine said that over the next year the group would launch “the most concerted push in our Union’s history to bolster our bargaining power and put safety and fairness at the heart of our industry”. 


“Workers will unite right across the airports and road transport industries,” he stated. 


“Baggage handlers, cabin crew, waste workers, oil tanker drivers, concrete drivers, tippers, drivers in the retail supply chain, drivers of armoured cash vans and others will come together and take action…


“Transport workers will demand sector-wide safe and fair outcomes from wealthy companies at the top of the transport supply chain, the point of economic power. We will demand the lifting of standards. We will demand secure work. 


“And yes we will strike to achieve our aims.”


According to the union, the TWU plans to serve claims on major airports, including Sydney and Brisbane, this week.


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 21 May 2019

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