May 28, 2021

TWU News.
Autumn 2021.

Editorial by TWU NSW State Secretary Richard Olsen.

Organising for change

This is the year we seek the respect that Transport Workers deserve. With people returning to work, the economy beginning to move again, it is now time to make the big push for industry rates in the supply chains. It is time to achieve increases for Transport Workers who kept the country moving.  

We are about to walk into our next round of negotiations in the bus industry and in the majors. We have had delegates here in the branch, preparing their logs of claim in NSW and the ACT. 

We will progressively meet with delegates from a range of industries to authorise logs of claim and put them out for the rank and file to vote.  We will be ready for when the members in the majors are going to get up and start negotiating the next terms for employees and owner drivers. There are three claims that are paramount. We are looking for wage increases and a pathway to a 15% superannuation rate, paid by the companies. At the forefront of our claims is assuring job security across the transport industry. 

We know the companies will fight back, providing offers that are a long way away from being fair and reasonable. In some cases, we face a complicated fight. 

The driving force behind everything we will do is industry standard rates alongside industry standards in terms and conditions. This is across all industries. If you are working for buses, or working for FedEx, you should be on the same rates of pay for the same jobs. We want to bring the yards across the industry up to a set of rates of pay that reflect what you do and ensures secure work for all Transport Workers. An industry standard means a level playing field and ensures workers are paid fairly. 

Members are taking the necessary steps towards building a collective TWU power and rejecting insultingly substandard agreements and deals. The pandemic has seen the business of moving freight grow. Members will say no, where a company chooses to put profit only into their bottom line. 

The TWU continues to walk beside Transport Workers. Working together means that we can organise for change to deal with the problems Transport Workers face every day. Our collective voice exists because you have joined the fight; we have a stronger voice.

We will hold companies and governments to account to ensure a safer and fairer industry. We will stand as one union. We will bargain as one union and we will take on the companies and clients as one union. 

Your TWU is organising for change, and I know you want to stand with us. Talk to your Delegate or Official and be part of the change for Transport Workers across our industry. 



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