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Wednesday, 11 July

13:57

Victorian CDC bus drivers strike for better wages "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

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Yesterday, About 600 bus drivers have walked off the job for 24 hours in Melbourne, Ballarat and Geelong, disrupting regular services on more than 70 routes.

CDC Victoria workers and members of the Transport Workers Union, walked off the job at midnight.  Pickett lines were set up at depots in Wyndham, Oakleigh, Geelong and Ballarat, where the drivers were joined by their families, members of other unions and other supporters.

They are after a 4 percent Wage rise and management is offering only 2.5 percent. According to the union, this stoppage is part of an ongoing campaign, which if need be will involve further stoppages this Friday and \at the beginning of next week.

TWU national vice president John Berger said 95 per cent of members had voted in favour of the strike action, which was the first such action by bus drivers for 20 years.

The reason behind the campaign for a wage increase is that these drivers are the lowest paid in the industry, getting just $26 to $28 an hour. The claim is a benchmark that will be taken over to other companies.

The union has publicly apologised to commuters for the disruption that the industrial action has caused and may cause in the days ahead. Inconvenience has not stopped public sympathy from coming in.

A message from the union stated:

The buses stopped today because CDC TWU members decided to fight for a fair and reasonable wage rise a fair share of the fare.

While the rest of Victoria was sleeping, these staunch members gathered in the freezing cold on picket lines from 4:40am at CDC depots in Wyndham, Oakleigh, Geelong and Ballarat. Many are still out there right now.

They would rather be working in the comfort of a heated bus or home with their family than out in the elements and inconveniencing some commuters.

But there comes a time when you have to look after yourself and these TWU members have drawn a line in the sand.

The fact they have gathered in great numbers to picket today tells you how serious this issue is, how insulted they were by the companys latest sub-standard wage offer and how determined they are to dig in. So get behind their fight for the Victorian Bus Industry Agreement, and We must stand together and will show CDC and the rest of the Victorian Bus Industry that you are worth more than the current sub-standard CDC offer.

And never forget that this is not just a fight between CDC members and the rich multinational, but a fight for the 2018 Bus Industry Agreement.

Many ordinary people are unhappy about the condition of wages in Australia and dont think it is fair that the worker is receiving a shrinking share of the income,...

Tuesday, 10 July

11:40

Captain, medal No 1 a possibility Ocean Grove Voice

Ocean Groves Sam Walsh was named as captain of the Under 18 All Australian side.

Walsh was also the Larke Medallist for the best player of the competition.

Walsh is a certainty to be drafted into the AFL in November, with many pundits saying he is the best midfielder in the draft and some are saying he could be the first name read out on draft night.

Walsh is the son of former Ocean Grove coach Wayne Walsh.

The Geelong Falcons gun said he relished the prospect of going number one.

Ive got to keep working on my game and be the best player I can be, whether thats the No. 1 pick or not Ive just got to keep working hard and that can hold you in good stead, Walsh told foxfooty.com.au.

Obviously love my AFL football and I follow it real closely, so it does cross your mind.

But theres nothing you can control. You sort of try not to think about it too much.

Walsh turned 18 on Monday and averaged 29.5 disposals and 7.0 tackles throughout the Under 18 championships 

The post Captain, medal No 1 a possibility appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.

10:38

House fire fatal Ocean Grove Voice

Police are investigating a fatal house fire in Ocean Grove this morning.

Emergency services were called to the Arcturus Road address just after 9pm last night.

The body of a person, believed to be female and not yet formally identified, has been located inside the house.

The fire caused extensive damage to the property and the cause is yet to be established.

Fire investigators and arson squad detectives are still examining the scene.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au 

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