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Barnaby Joyce must step up to save regional rail jobs

Rail workers today called on new Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Minister Barnaby Joyce to block moves to shift the transport of domestic containerised freight from Australian trains onto foreign flagged ships.


 

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RTBU calls for Australia to support emergency vaccine access for developing countries

The South African and Indian Governments are calling on the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to apply an emergency three-year waiver on intellectual property trade rights for COVID-19 vaccines.  This would allow developing countries to produce their own vaccines, without being held hostage to the big pharmaceutical companies.

In a global crisis, human rights and human health should come before corporate profits.  RTBU President Shayne Kummerfeld today wrote to the Prime Minister calling on the Australian Government to support the proposal in the WTO.


 

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Tasmanian Labor Leadership

Following the State election, and the resignation of former Labor leader Bec White, the Tasmanian Labor Party decided to conduct a ballot to decide the next Leader of the Opposition.  As an affiliated union, the RTBU gets to have a say in this process, as do all RTBU members who are also members of the Labor Party. 


 

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Important update on in-cab audio and video

YOUR VOICE HAS BEEN HEARD!

The RTBU has continued discussions with ONRSR about in-cab recordings and, as a result, ONRSR has revised its policy position to address your concerns.


 

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Workers fight back against 'draconian and dangerous' surveillance proposal

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) is fighting back against a proposal from the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) to mandate the use of in-cab and visual recording devices in all Australian trains and trams.


 

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Open letter to Tasmanian Labor leadership candidates

The Tasmanian Labor Party is conducting a ballot of members to decide who will be the next Leader of the Opposition in Tasmania. RTBU Tasmania Secretary Ric Bean has sent the following open letter to the two candidate, David O'Byrne and Dr Shane Broad.


 

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Solidarity with Indian Railworkers

RTBU National President Shayne Kummerfeld has written a letter of solidarity to Indian rail workers who are suffering under the terrible COVID-19 situation in that country.


 

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Liberals' public transport conversion a step forward

The Tasmanian Liberal Party’s belated discovery of public transport is a welcome step forward, according to the Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU).


 

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Hobart needs a champion: who will step up?

Hobart is one of the world’s most beautiful small cities. There are few places anywhere that can match Hobart’s stunning trifecta of mountain, harbour and heritage.


 

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What's your plan for public transport?

The RTBU has called on the major parties to release their public transport policies for the upcoming Tasmanian state election.


 

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