There is no local Emergency Response on EastLink today after maintenance contractor Broadspectrum told Australian Workers’ Union members they would not be paid for their work if they went ahead with protected industrial action. The protected action, scheduled to start today, comes after six months of negotiation towards a new Enterprise Agreement. The sticking point in those negotiations is that Broadspectrum wants unilateral control over all rostering, while workers...
The Australian Workers’ Union (AWU) has called on Opposition Leader Matthew Guy to immediately sack Shadow Minister for Emergency Services Brad Battin after his systematic smears against Forest Firefighters who fought the Black Saturday fires. AWU Victorian Secretary Ben Davis said Mr Battin’s claims that professional firefighters did not reach fires on Black Saturday for five and a half hours were massively offensive, and only compounded by his subsequent statement...
The Australian Workers’ Union (AWU) has called on Opposition Leader Matthew Guy to immediately sack Shadow Minister for Emergency Services Brad Battin after his systematic smears against Forest Firefighters who fought the Black Saturday fires. AWU Victorian Secretary Ben Davis said Mr Battin’s claims that professional firefighters did not reach fires on Black Saturday for five and a half hours were massively offensive, and only compounded by his subsequent statement...
The State Government decision to overlook DELWP Forest Firefighters in the Budget released this week has been labelled “disgraceful” by the Australian Workers’ Union Victorian Secretary Ben Davis. Only 40 extra Forest Firefighter roles are among the 260 new positions announced for DELWP, and despite promises from Premier Daniel Andrews and Deputy Premier James Merlino, they have been denied coverage by Emergency Services Superannuation. “The Forest Firefighter numbers...
The State Government decision to overlook DELWP Forest Firefighters in the Budget released this week has been labelled “disgraceful” by the Australian Workers’ Union Victorian Secretary Ben Davis. Only 40 extra Forest Firefighter roles are among the 260 new positions announced for DELWP, and despite promises from Premier Daniel Andrews and Deputy Premier James Merlino, they have been denied coverage by Emergency Services Superannuation. “The Forest Firefighter numbers...
Workers at Fletcher Insulation in Dandenong have been on strike for more than a month after being offered an Enterprise Agreement (EA) which would slash conditions, raise serious safety concerns and offer no pay rises for the next four years. Australian Workers’ Union Victorian Secretary Ben Davis said the offer was outrageous in the face of record productivity levels from the long-serving workforce and was indicative of a deeper agenda. “Production was up 20% in the...
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