Strike breaks out at Qube Ports in Melbourne

Ryan Stanton A fresh dispute and strike has broken out on Melbourne’s docks as Qube stevedores fight for a liveable roster. The waterfront is dangerous. In the past decade, several waterfront workers have died on the job. Each incident is specific – a falling load, a reversing forklift, a fall down a h...CONTINUE READING

Gold Coast unions fighting for the right to strike

Carl Jackson It’s a sight that would have Joh Bjelke-Petersen spinning in his grave. On a beautiful sunny day in the middle of the Gold Coast, nestled between the ensemble of skyscrapers and canal homes adorning “the Strip”, hundreds of trade unionists from a raft of industries gathered after walking o...CONTINUE READING

Striking envelope workers digging in

Steph Price A modest industrial dispute in the northern suburbs of Melbourne has become the latest flashpoint in the battle for the right to strike. Around 90 envelope production workers at the Australian Paper site in Preston – who have been out the gate since 16 January – were ordered back to work b...CONTINUE READING

Coles workers approve landmark new agreement

Duncan Hart More than 18 months after the Fair Work Commission struck down the enterprise agreement negotiated between Coles and the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association (SDA), a new agreement has been voted up by Coles workers. If approved by the Fair Work Commission, the agreement wi...CONTINUE READING

Rail union win: job cuts stopped

RTBU member In September, the Victorian Labor government signed a seven-year contract extension with Melbourne’s metropolitan rail operator, Metro Trains. Hidden in the contract – which was kept secret from rail workers and our union – was a Public Transport Victoria proposal to cut local control desk...CONTINUE READING

Poverty wages prop up airline profits

Oscar Sterner “Aerocare, you don’t care, pay your workers fair and square!” was the chant echoing through the grand space of Melbourne Airport’s departures terminal. Responsible for all the noise was a rally of workers who are all too familiar with the harsh reality behind the transport hub’s shining wh...CONTINUE READING

Rail bosses on the attack in Victoria

RTBU member Across the Victorian passenger rail network, workers are facing a series of attacks on jobs and conditions. The regional rail operator, V/Line, is trying to vary its enterprise agreement with its workforce, just 12 months before the agreement is due to expire. Earlier this year, the compan...CONTINUE READING

CUB dispute: Police finally drop charge against ETU organiser

Steph Price Eighteen months, one Herald Sun cover, half a dozen national news articles and multiple court appearances after he was charged with assault, Victoria Police have dropped their case against Steven Diston, Electrical Trades Union organiser. Admitting they had no prospects of winning in court...CONTINUE READING