Whether its the Central Coast, the streets of Sydneys CBD or pollies offices in Penrith, our TWU Veterans have covered lots of ground in the past couple of months.
TWU Vets President Peter Cooley told TWU News: Weve been going non-stop because there is just so much to fight against. Take the budget announced by the Federal Government in May. Whether it be a fuel levy that will drive up costs, axing Medicare as we know it, or increasing the retirement age to 70 – the very core of the Abbott Budget is a desire to dismantle the basic conditions of our workers.
Unlike the fellas in this Government, weve all spent our lives working in the transport game. We know how difficult it can be to keep doing tough physical labour in your sixties. Now this Government wants to force us to work till 70 thats not realistic in transport. Plus they want to cut us off from going to the doctor when we get sick.
Our Vets have been flying the TWU flag at the recent Bust the Budget rally, Sydneys May Day celebration and our protests in Gosford and Penrith for better conditions for bus drivers.
Peter finished with a word of warning for Tony Abbott and his crew: If the Government and others think the TWU Vets are going to take this lying down theyve got another thing coming. Were only getting started!
If you are retired or are coming close to retirement and want to stay active with the TWU then come join the Vets.
Get involved today by calling our Members Service Centre on 1800 729 909.