September 26, 2022

From the Secretary: Our fight is strong

The strength of our union lies in the solidarity of our members, united together against the companies who are looking to create a race to the bottom for transport workers. 

This year saw the return of the TWU Delegates Conference, and I could not be happier with how that turned out. A large number of new delegates were on the conference floor this year, and the feedback I have received is that there was plenty to take back to yards to build the strength of the TWU amongst members. 

Your union is supporting you, through your TWU officials. 

We want to acknowledge the hard work of delegates at the Conference. We know you have gone back to yards inspired and determined to continue the fight for all transport workers. Thanks to all members for their ongoing support of the TWU. Lets continue to enforce a secure future for the transport industry.

Our industry is in desperate need of reform in both road transport and aviation. Our members supported by our delegates are not giving up the fight. Every day we bring that need for reform to employers, contractors and Governments. 

Our fight is strong. This year has seen wins in the bus industry, with Enterprise Agreements won and industry standards set. Our fight is still for safety as electric buses are introduced and companies like Transit Systems ensure that there remains a two tiered pay system. Despite the illegal actions of Qantas, causing damage in the aviation industry, companies like dnata, Gate Gourmet and Menzies are now setting agreements, listening to members’ needs, rebuilding conditions and strengthening workers’ job security. 

Our strength in your yard is you. Whether you are a delegate or a member, congratulations for the many fights we have won as a Union. The wins come from the strength and unity you show every day. Continue the conversation with non-members and build the strength you need for the next fight.

Richard Olsen,
State Secretary


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