Territorian appointed as National TWU President
TERRITORIAN APPOINTED NATIONAL TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION PRESIDENT
Local unions have welcomed the announcement of Ray Wyatt, former Darwin union organiser and current Secretary of the South Australian/NT Branch of the Transport Workers Union as the union’s National President at a meeting in Darwin this week.
Alan Paton Secretary of Unions NT expressed local union pride at Ray Wyatt’s appointment to represent Australian transport industry workers and to continue to pursue good wages, conditions and safety standards for the nation’s truckies and all workers in the Transport and Logistics industry.
Transport workers are 20 times more likely to be killed at work than employees in any other type
of work, said Mr Paton.
The industry has some major issues before it requiring reform and the TWU is up for the challenges both locally and nationally including:
· ensuring that Coles and other large Australian retailers do not force drivers to take unnecessary risks to meet unreasonable delivery schedules;
· effectively addressing the exploitative industrial behaviour of Qantas airlines in undercutting pay and conditions for Thai and other international workers for the Australian aviation carrier
· supporting safer Australian skies and
· ensuring essential aviation design and maintenance jobs are not being off-shored by Qantas.
Qantas has dealt a bad hand to Territorians for a long time by cutting jobs and services to regional Australia. The marquee Australian airline may as well change its name to QAS because they have deserted the NT and the organization’s heritage over the past 3 years.
Fully serviced flights that are affordable, competitive, convenient for business and the public are a rarity in the NT under the current Qantas management, said Mr Paton.
The TWU national conference in Darwin this week has refocused on the impact of these policies and practices upon both NT and national transport workers and committed to continue their industrial struggles for members.
The TWU has also very generously agreed to support a local project involving the repair, maintenance and renovation of an old Bedford truck which unions used as part of their support for indigenous pastoral industry workers in the 1960s in the historical industrial dispute with Lord Vestey and Gurrindji workers in what became the Wave Hill walk-off and a renewed push for Land Rights in Central Australia.
For further information contact Alan Paton at Unions NT on 89 410001 or 0427415713
Published: 23 May 2013
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