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Vale Ron Bradford

Ron Bradford, the last General President of the AFULE and the first National President of the RTBU passed away on 6 May 2020 at the age of 90 years.

 

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Morrison’s app sales pitch fall flat – but Aussies should back it

Forget the attempted bribes by politicians, people should download the COVIDSafe app in order to support frontline workers and vulnerable Australians, says Mark Diamond.

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Rail R U OK? Day - 30 April 2020

The next Rail R U OK? Day will be on 30 April 2020. This annual rail industry-wide event inspires rail staff across Australia and New Zealand to look out for one another during life's (including worklife's) ups and downs by asking "Are you OK?" and really listening to the answer.

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JobKeeper: A quick guide to changes to the Fair Work Act

The Federal Parliament has passed changes to the Fair Work Act as part of the Government’s JobKeeper wage subsidy program. The changes only apply until 28 September 2020.


 

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Leave no worker behind: Changes are needed to make sure all at-risk workers can receive JobKeeper

Changes to the Federal Government's JobKeeper program are needed to ensure that people who should not work because they are at increased risk of serious - and even fatal - illness from coronavirus do not miss out on payments. 

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Privatising public transport in an epidemic will put community safety at risk

The NSW And South Australian state governments are putting community safety at risk by privatising public transport services in the middle of a deadly global pandemic.


 

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Protecting your health, jobs and incomes during the COVID-19 pandemic

Thank you for everything you are doing to keep our rail, tram and bus networks moving during these unprecedented times. You are the backbone of this country and your efforts will be instrumental in helping Australia get through the challenges ahead. Having said that, we know you are concerned about what a prolonged “shutdown” will mean for your job security.

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Letter to Members regarding COVID-19

Dear Member,

As you would be aware, over the past 48 hours, Federal and State Governments have announced significant developments in their response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

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Letter to Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack

National Secretary Mark Diamond today wrote to Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack requesting that the Federal Government provides the RTBU and other relevant unions with a full briefing on the process for determining whether and when public transport networks shall be temporarily closed as of the COVID-19 response.

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Coronavirus Fact Sheet

With so much misinformation, rumour and fear in the community about current coronavirus outbreak, we have put together a Fact Sheet to address basic questions about the symptoms, what to do if you think you have contracted the disease, and how to prevent it.

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