Unions join to push for infrastructure investment

The TWU is joining two other unions under an umbrella group called the Transport Unions Federation

The Transport Workers Union (TWU) will work with two other unions under an influential umbrella group to push for greater infrastructure investment in ports, rail and roads.

TWU boss Tony Sheldon announced the move at a meeting in Brisbane, saying the TWU will work with the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and the Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU).

The three groups will comprise the Transport Unions Federation (TUF), which Sheldon says will pressure governments to "get the right sort of infrastructure, the right sort of conditions right across our industry".

A spokesman for Sheldon says the groups are not amalgamating.

He says the unions have in the past worked together in a formal partnership to drive industry benefits.

According to news reports, the unions opted out of amalgamating because of the complications it may bring.

The TUF is expected to have a combined membership of 120,000.

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