Cairns will be the centre of a union blitz this week with the Transport Workers’ Union of Queensland performing a port wide union safety blitz at Cairns Airport starting today.

Aviation workers in Cairns do an important job with Cairns Airport emerging as a key transport hub for tourism, domestic and international travel,” TWU QLD State Secretary Peter Biagini said.

“Cairns Airport is the first major transport hub we will be blitzing as part of our Safe Skies campaign.

“This is an opportunity for aviation workers in Cairns to voice their safety concerns and have their say towards national safety standards for aviation workers, which the TWU is fighting for as part of our Safe Skies campaign.

“We are excited about moving forward in this important campaign, which aims to set safety standards for the entire aviation industry.

“As our members know better than anybody else, aviation is a unique industry where safety is not negotiable.

“People in Cairns and across Australia who fly at any time with their families have a right to world class safety standards and Safe Skies when they fly.”

Starting tomorrow and continuing for the full week, the Transport Workers Union will blitz Cairns Airport to investigate workers’ safety concerns across all companies at the Port.

This will the first full aviation port blitz, which will see aviation workers from all companies operating out of Cairns Airport surveyed on their safety concerns as part of the TWU’s Safe Skies Campaign.


 Media contact: Tanie Harris Sansey 0411 875 910 / Sarah Mawhinney 0413 738 841

 Media opportunity:

Aviation workers will join TWU officials and bus drivers to rally outside MP for Cairns Gavin King’s office today.


TWU Officials will be available to speak to media

 Monday 27 October, today – 10am – 10.30am

Outside the office of Gavin King, MP for Cairns – 46-50 Spence St Cairns









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