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Updated medical standards for assessing whether private and commercial vehicle drivers are fit to drive safely will come into effect from 1 March this year.
National Transport Commission (NTC) Chief Executive Nick Dimopoulos said ensuring that drivers are fit to drive safely is a crucial element to improving road safety.
“As part of the NTC’s role in maintaining reforms, the standards have been thoroughly updated in line with advances in medical knowledge and regulatory best practice,” said Mr Dimopoulos.
The Union is alarmed at a Baillieu Government's plan to take almost half a billion dollars from the Victorian WorkSafe scheme to balance the state's finances. No other state or territory has resorted to this. 

The plan that has been announced without explanation is seriously flawed and is likely to drive up premiums and reduce injured workers’ entitlements.
The Government has so far been silent on why they think this is a prudent way to manage the state budget. For this move to go ahead the Government will be required to make changes to the Accident Compensation Act 1985, probably in the first sitting of parliament in 2012.
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers have also set up a Facebook page to inform the Union movement of the consequences of the Baillieu plan. We invite members to visit and read more about the campaign. You can also:
  • ‘like’ it
  • sign the petition
  • ask your friends, family and colleagues to do the same, by sending the link to the page.


Concrete works on the new eastern bridge deck at the M80 Ring Road / Sydney Road interchange have been scheduled on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 March. Please be advised that the M80 Ring Road will be closed under Sydney Road bridge this coming weekend:
Saturday 3 March
  • 11pm – 8am:  M80 Ring Road CLOSED Greensborough bound under Sydney Road
  • 12.30am – 8am: M80 Ring Road CLOSED Altona bound under Sydney Road
Sunday 4 March
  • 11pm – 5am:  M80 Ring Road CLOSED in both directions under Sydney Road
Lane closures will be in place on the M80 Ring Road in both directions from 9.30pm.
Please find attached a work alert with traffic information and detour details. Please note that M80 Ring Road Greensborough bound will be detoured via Mahoneys Road and re-enter the M80 Ring Road via the Edars Road entry ramp.

The CFMEU invites all VTHC Affliated Unions to attend the Moonee Valley Racing Club Labour Day Races.

Monday 12 March 2012

From 12 midday onwards

Free family entry on presentation of Financial Union ticket.


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