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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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Complete Stinker: SA public transport workers vow to continue fight against privatisation

Public transport workers will continue the fight to keep Adelaide’s tram network in public hands, despite the announcement of the South Australian Government’s chosen private operator.

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Update regarding resumption of rail services through Wallan

The RTBU wrote to ARTC, Pacific National (PN), V/Line and NSW Trains requesting detailed information regarding their plans for resuming services through Wallan following last week’s fatal derailment.


 

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Goat Track: Train tragedy highlights systemic neglect of rail infrastructure

RTBU Victoria Secretary Luba Grigorovitch today said Australia’s rail community has been in mourning since Thursday evening, following the tragic loss of two lives in the Wallan derailment.


 

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Statement from RTBU Secretary Mark Diamond

Last night’s fatal train derailment at Wallan in Victoria has shocked rail workers across the country.


 

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