The Australian Workers’ Union (AWU) says Union members at Cairns Regional Council (CRC) are downing tools and taking industrial action this Friday 10 th August and Monday 13 th August to push for fair pay and conditions in their new Enterprise Agreement. To send a message to Mayor Bob Manning and the Council, AWU members from Cairns Regional Council will be taking strike action, with a Council-wide walkout of Union members over the two days and mass rally outside the...
Earlier this month, I was elected the Queensland Branch Executive of the Australian Workers’ Union to the roles of AWUEQ and AWU Queensland Branch Secretary when Ben Swan announced he would be stepping down on 20th July. It is a great honour to be elected to these positions in this Union which has nearly 130 years of history of standing up for a fair go for working people. As Ben Swan retires as Branch Secretary, I wish to pay tribute to his work in the Union for the...
The Australian Workers’ Union (AWU) has announced that Steve Baker will become the new Queensland Branch Secretary after current Branch Secretary Ben Swan informed the Union of his intention to resign from the position later this month. On 3 rd July 2018, Ben Swan notified the Queensland Branch Executive of his intention to resign as Branch Secretary on 20 th July 2018. An AWU member for twenty-nine years, Ben Swan will retire as Branch Secretary after working in the...
Dear AWU Member In light of Toowoomba Regional Council’s recent offer, AWU officials will be at the following Depots on Wednesday 11 th July 2018 for members to vote on whether to accept the Council’s latest offer or to take protected industrial action and the form it may take.  The meetings will be on Wednesday 11 th July 2018 at each of the following Depot locations and times: 7:00am at Goombungee Depot - Crows Nest, Oakey and Goombungee staff included 10:00am at...
Asbestos and Dust Disease specialist lawyers Maurice Blackburn recently settled a claim for the estate of a union member who died as a result of asbestos related lung cancer. Tony* a 60 year old Council worker was diagnosed with asbestos related lung cancer in January 2017 after being exposed during his many years of employment laying old asbestos cement water pipes and being near and in asbestos lined telephony pits. Despite being told by doctors to seek legal advice,...
The Australian Workers Union (AWU) says the union hopes the Dreamworld Inquest currently underway will expose the culture of secrecy and the findings will address the behaviours of Dreamworld Management and the Regulator. AWU Acting Branch Secretary Steve Baker said union members have been concerned about the Dreamworld’s approach to safety matters. “The AWU has taken a proactive role in pursuing these safety concerns about safety with Dreamworld Management,” Steve...
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