May 5, 2020

TWU News.
Autumn 2020.

Editorial by TWU NSW State Secretary Richard Olsen.


As we walk with you today we are learning from what is happening to you and your industry. We will continue to support and advance the fight for a safer and fairer transport industry. 

The work you are involved in is essential to our communities, our way of life, our industry and to the nation we are building for our children and the future. 

We are calling on employers and government at all levels to take on their share of the responsibility for your pay, your conditions, your safety. We need them to continue to value the essential nature of your work.

We need them to learn, to commit to strategies that provide for a better future after Coronavirus, in short a flexible way out of this crisis that is not just based on the corporate profit for shareholders or on how much harder you can work for little return. 

Across all transport sectors, we are looking carefully at contractor / employer responses to Covid-19 as they have a shared responsibility under Work, Health and Safety legislation. You must be protected at work from the ongoing spread of the Coronavirus. 

Your TWU officials can still be contacted and continue to look out for your industry. We are also providing officials with the means to remain safe as they continue their work. 

Our officials are working across all our industries, on the ground and in the air. We are ensuring your voice is heard when it comes to safety, conditions and protection of your jobs. 

We have spoken to delegates, from across the industry and we have made the decision to defer our 2020 negotiations to 2021 when we expect the industry to be well on the road to recovery from this crisis. 

We have a detailed list in this magazine of the demands we will make for members. These include additional leave and protections, EA terms and conditions to remain in place and the TWU will work with companies and the industry as a whole to keep transport operating safely and protect jobs.

We have all taken some blows, some members are out of work or finding new jobs and for others the work is increasing as the essential nature of transport is recognised in this time of Coronavirus. 

The TWU is not closed because we are constantly finding new ways to ensure you can be supported where you work. 

We continue to walk beside you providing a powerful voice for your needs to your employers and the governments. We will work together with every resource we have available to protect your pay, conditions and livelihood. 

Of course our major resource is you so please continue to talk to us, tell us about what is happening to you in the yard or on the road and where it’s happening, in the air. 

So please remain in touch with us, keep your details updated with our Members’ Service Centre so we can contact you with up to date and accurate information. 

Stay safe.
Richard Olsen, State Secretary



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