Chaos coming to Australian airports

The TWU has declared war on Australian airports.

Chaos coming to Australian airports

The Transport Workers Union (TWU) has declared war on Australian airports and has warned of industrial chaos caused by intended strikes over the next year.

Enterprise agreements for 38,000 workers across the aviation and road transport sectors are coming to an end in 2020. The TWU has vowed to use strikes across all major airports as leverage to gain better and safer working conditions for aviation workers.

TWU national secretary Michael Kaine said that for 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 said.

“Airport workers are struggling on part-time work, some on as few as 15 hours a week, and appalling conditions, which see workers forced to sleep at the airports between gruelling split shifts. These conditions impact on safety and security because of the high turnover rate and chronic fatigue.

“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 TWU, Australia’s four major airports, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, made over $2.2 billion in profit last year.

“Airport workers have come together and are determined to make their jobs better. We want an end to the situation where groups of workers at every part of the airport, whether on the tarmac or on aircraft, are working on vastly different rates and conditions. We want decent jobs, which means we don’t have to constantly struggle,” said an airport worker attending a protest at Cairns airport.

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    Tom Tank
    8th Jun 2019
    11:26am
    I am not surprised hearing this as I have read numerous complaints about the employment conditions at airports. All part of the privatisation process where instead of the travelling public and employees are considered to be the most important part of the business maximising profit rules.
    Tom Tank
    8th Jun 2019
    11:26am
    I am not surprised hearing this as I have read numerous complaints about the employment conditions at airports. All part of the privatisation process where instead of the travelling public and employees are considered to be the most important part of the business maximising profit rules.
    Not a Bludger
    8th Jun 2019
    11:38am
    Appalling.
    Again union thugs threatening violence against the public and companies.
    But what else can one expect when union thug bosses threaten women and run drugs with impunity.
    Where are the permanently outraged on this and bombarding their favourite social media?
    Or is this yet another case where the moaning & groaning lefties won’t take on their own ilk?
    Tom Tank
    9th Jun 2019
    12:09pm
    Not a Bludger true to form with a rant about union thugs. The facts on employment conditions at the airports are such that improvement is necessary for workers and for travellers as well. It has always been nigh on impossible to get improvement from stand over bosses (taken from Not a Bludgers take on life) without having something to hold over them. In all my working life I never got a wage increase of increase in any benefits without arguing for them.
    Tom Tank
    9th Jun 2019
    12:09pm
    Not a Bludger true to form with a rant about union thugs. The facts on employment conditions at the airports are such that improvement is necessary for workers and for travellers as well. It has always been nigh on impossible to get improvement from stand over bosses (taken from Not a Bludgers take on life) without having something to hold over them. In all my working life I never got a wage increase of increase in any benefits without arguing for them.
    GeorgeM
    8th Jun 2019
    12:10pm
    “Airport workers are struggling on part-time work, some on as few as 15 hours a week, and appalling conditions, which see workers forced to sleep at the airports between gruelling split shifts. These conditions impact on safety and security because of the high turnover rate and chronic fatigue." Disgusting!

    These unions should make a note of the comments from Morrison during the election campaign about getting "a fair go", and demand it.
    Rosret
    8th Jun 2019
    12:38pm
    Not by striking.
    It was the greedy unions that caused a backlash and successive governments buffered industry against their aggressive behaviour by introducing contract, casual work and imported labor.
    It is not just airport workers - its everywhere.
    The answer is somewhere in between.
    Rae
    8th Jun 2019
    12:54pm
    Give them enough rope and nobody much will have any money to spend. It will be sorted then. Inefficient and unviable business will fail.
    GeorgeM
    8th Jun 2019
    7:36pm
    The pendulum has swung too far, e.g. with A.Joyce pocketing $20Mil while the work has been outsourced to poor quality overseas locations (maintenance, IT, etc) resulting in a poor quality airline and less work for locals here. Similarly, Sydney Airport makes a huge profit every year and pays very, very little taxes. All these obscene profits are at the expense of a casualised, low paid workforce. All actions by the workers now can be justified - if the company managements don't negotiate fairly. Of course, strikes are not the first option, but all actions must be on the table in view of the nasty attitudes business have developed - yes, not only in this industry but across the board.
    Rosret
    8th Jun 2019
    12:31pm
    “Airport workers are struggling on part-time work, some on as few as 15 hours a week, and appalling conditions, which see workers forced to sleep at the airports between gruelling split shifts. These conditions impact on safety and security because of the high turnover rate and chronic fatigue."
    15 hours a week is not going to make them tired?
    This is just a backlash and an undemocratic way to sabotage a Liberal government. After all it worked in the 1980s so I guess they have just pulled out the "how to" book from the back of the cupboard.
    I think the TWU has forgotten that they broke the unions with contract work and it was unions like the TWU who held the country to ransom who caused it.
    Rae
    8th Jun 2019
    12:56pm
    Yes and lower incomes for everyone as prices rise will break the Australian economy eventually. What goes around comes around.
    GeorgeM
    8th Jun 2019
    7:43pm
    Agree with Rae. Rosret, it is not about the Govt as these are privatised businesses, unless they unfairly side with these highly profitable businesses. Not just on wages but also on availability of decent jobs and benefits - 15 hours per week casual jobs are NOT decent jobs. The pendulum has swung too far and some reactions from the workers can now be expected and justified. Just like in Paris viz. the Yellow Vests.
    Rosret
    8th Jun 2019
    8:29pm
    Yes, Rae - the inequity of salaries is bad for the economy. The lack of permanent income is bad for the economy. On the other side strong unions are bad for the economy.

    I find CEO salaries abhorrent. No one person deserves the $m incomes unless they own their own company. How we equalize salaries I don't know - I do know its not through taxation or striking. A moral compass may help.
    Tom Tank
    9th Jun 2019
    2:17pm
    Germany has strong unions with worker representatives on the boards of major corporations.
    This proves a lie to your claim that strong unions are bad for the economy.
    Unions in Australia have been weak since Work Choices and, if you have an open mind, you can see where that has taken us.
    Tom Tank
    9th Jun 2019
    2:17pm
    Germany has strong unions with worker representatives on the boards of major corporations.
    This proves a lie to your claim that strong unions are bad for the economy.
    Unions in Australia have been weak since Work Choices and, if you have an open mind, you can see where that has taken us.
    Rae
    8th Jun 2019
    12:49pm
    It's in many enterprises now. Employing a lot of workers but on low hour shifts suits employers. It makes the unemployment figures look better.
    KSS
    8th Jun 2019
    1:41pm
    So from now for the next year the TGU will call strike action. OK then. Starting on the October Labour weekend in NSW, followed by Christmas/New Year nationwide, Australia Day, Easter, Anzac Day, Melbourne Cup weekend etcetc. It is so easily predictable that they will attempt to cause as much pain to the public as they can. Trouble is this doesn't work any more. The public want their travel to go smoothly. Risking possibly thousands of dollars on disrupted flights by union thugs no longer inspires solidarity and especially when they have saved long and hard for the trip from their own meagre salaries. Add to that that less than 10% of the working population is actually in a union these days, you would think that the officials (highly paid themselves of course) would be far more skilful in their actions.
    Plan ahead people, don't book to travel in the predictable target periods. Or choose another transport system rather than flying.
    Aussie
    8th Jun 2019
    3:56pm
    Well now they are a private enterprise so they have to cut cost and make profit .... Why we sold them ???? to make more money ??? well this is the result ....well done ...
    hyacinth
    9th Jun 2019
    12:42am
    When the Liberal Government (and I voted for them) brought in contracts it was a bad day for everyone. Permanency in many jobs is now a thing of the past. People feel insecure and I don't blame them. Casual work is causing great stress for many. Who is going to fight for these workers? The Government of today isn't. I genuinely sympathise with those who are unable to get permanency and whose wages are insufficient to give them a decent lifestyle. Politicians of all sides are sitting on pretty salary packages, they haven't any cause to worry . How else are workers to show what their conditions are like?
    hyacinth
    9th Jun 2019
    12:42am
    When the Liberal Government (and I voted for them) brought in contracts it was a bad day for everyone. Permanency in many jobs is now a thing of the past. People feel insecure and I don't blame them. Casual work is causing great stress for many. Who is going to fight for these workers? The Government of today isn't. I genuinely sympathise with those who are unable to get permanency and whose wages are insufficient to give them a decent lifestyle. Politicians of all sides are sitting on pretty salary packages, they haven't any cause to worry . How else are workers to show what their conditions are like?
    Aussie
    9th Jun 2019
    5:30pm
    I will never understood why our governments continue selling our basic utilities like Electricity, Water, Transport (Including airports), Gas, Communications (Like Satellite sold to Singtel and all the telephony is now private) and other additional utilities like Rubbish collection and sewer.

    These are the basic elements that a government should provide to their citizens that is why we pay big money in council rates and other taxes to support the supply of these basic utilities.

    But we selling them to private enterprises and get out from the responsibility of properly provide the basic utility services ......

    It is incredible what is happening in our country over the years ..... Money Hungry governments without thinking on us the tax payers and citizens needs.

    These Airport problem and others are the result of privatisation because the private enterprises must make profits
    Ardnaher
    13th Jun 2019
    2:38pm
    the travel industry and everyone who relies on it are really struggling now...this will not help at all!


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