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An Amazon warehouse in western Sydney called police to remove two union officials who were investigating allegations of workers’ overcrowded cars during the busy Black Friday sales period.

The Transport Workers’ Union on Friday dispatched three officials to Amazon Flex’s Bella Vista package collection facility, with two of them charged with going to the scene to investigate reports of alleged dangerous vehicle overloads. They believed workers were being pressured to accept the packages in order to avoid disciplinary action or dismissal.

The union has provided photos of delivery cars full of Amazon boxes on the site.

Amazon Flex is a gig economy style delivery service, similar to Uber Eats in that drivers provide their own vehicles to make the deliveries.

The TWU said the officials were initially left on the site, but management later called the police to have them removed. The union said officials were allowed to stay because of the legal right to access documents.

An Amazon spokesperson told the Guardian that one official complied with the entry requirements, but two others “failed to meet the relevant entry requirements for the right to access the site” and refused to leave when asked.

“We have facilitated dozens of authorized union visits to our sites in Australia through multiple unions over the past year,” the spokesperson said.

Speaking about the allegations surrounding the repacking of the cars, the spokesperson said: “We don’t want anyone driving on the road with an obstructed view.

“If a driver is concerned that parcels may be obstructing their view, they can enlist the help of the delivery station staff to pack the parcels more effectively.

“In the rare event that the packages do not fit, the drop-off station staff will remove as many packages as necessary to ensure the driver can see and drive safely. There are no penalties if a delivery partner has raised concerns that cause packages to be removed for that block.”

They said the driver has the option to decline the block assigned to them.

TWU’s national secretary Michael Kaine said it was a disgrace for the company to call the police for union officials at the site.

“On every day Black Friday—a day when transportation workers face extraordinary pressures—Amazon reaffirmed what we’ve always known: bringing in… profit is more important to them than keeping workers safe,” he said.

“This pattern of behavior against workers will only make transportation more deadly and our roads less safe for workers and the community.”

Amazon previously called police at the company’s Moore Park site in Sydney when officials visited in May 2020.

Company officials faced heated questions before the Senate committee investigating job security earlier this month.

The committee heard Amazon Flex drivers get a minimum of $108 for a four-hour block, but said the average rate paid to a driver in October this year was $125 per four-hour block.

However, the base rate is still around $27 an hour, before retirement and expenses, and Labor senators asked why this was far below the minimum rates set for delivery drivers in New South Wales and Victoria.

In an answer to a question about the pay rate published this week, Amazon said it was “inaccurate” to compare the rate to the $40.71 norm outlined in Victoria’s wage rates.

“Many of the assumptions on which the $40.71 figure is based don’t apply to Amazon Flex delivery partners,” Amazon said. “For example, the rate of $40.71 per hour is based on the indicative figures for a full-time van driver operating a vehicle with a current capital value of $32,317 for 7.6 hours per day, 220 days per year.

“These numbers do not reflect additional earning opportunity with Amazon Flex delivery partners delivering approximately three blocks per week on average and driving a sedan to earn additional income around their other obligations.”

The company said it would like to see a “simple and appropriate national framework for owner-operators, and we welcome an opportunity to work with state and federal governments to create a nationally consistent regulatory framework.”

Guardian Australia has asked for comment from NSW Police.


Bombers are big favorites, but long interruptions and bad weather could play a part in CFL West Final against Riders




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It will probably come as no surprise to many that the Canadian Football League’s first ever game to be played in Winnipeg in December is expected to take place in inclement weather.


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The forecast for Sunday’s western final between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Saskatchewan Roughriders at IG Field (3:00 p.m., TSN), calls for 2-4 inches of snow, northerly winds of 50-70 kph and wind chill in the range of – 24 C.

Whatever the game plan for the Bombers – favored by 8.5 points – and their Saskatchewan prairie rivals, much of it could be thrown out the window if the aforementioned terms come to fruition.

“Decisions will have to be made that will have to change based on the weather, but that’s no different than any other situation,” said Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea on Saturday, after his team held a final walkthrough on IG. field.

“If it’s a heavy rain, the game still goes on, and if it’s really windy in the summer, you have to make other decisions.


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“Both teams will be affected in some way by it, and whoever handles it best will do better, I think. The game is played, and under those circumstances we’ll see how it unfolds, and that decisions will be made under those circumstances. You have to take in all the information and the weather is just one of those pieces of information that you have to take in.”

The start of the 2021 CFL season was postponed to August due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the schedule was shortened to 14 games, plus playoffs.

That pushed the schedule to December for the first time since the 1930s.

The last game ever played in Winnipeg was November 29, which was the 2015 Gray Cup. The last game involving the Bombers was on November 24, 1962.


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Anyway, the Bombers think they are ready after putting together an excellent season in which they took first place on October 23 and have been preparing for this playoff game ever since.

“It feels like we’ve been waiting for this for a long time,” said Bombers quarterback Zach Collaros, the West’s nominee for CFL Most Outstanding Player. “I think we handled it very well. We took advantage of the position we were in leading up to this and everyone is excited to get out there and play. ”

The Bombers are priceless favorites (8.5 points) after setting an 11-3 record in the regular season and finishing in first place. They led the league in many offensive and defensive categories, beating the second riders (9-5) twice and not allowing a single touchdown in the two games.


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Winnipeg’s defense was approaching historic levels, allowing just 13.4 points per game and forcing league-high 38 turnovers.

The Bombers essentially have their optimal lineup (which includes 15 all-stars) intact – although starring Andrew Harris is a game-time decision – and they should be very hard to beat. Even if Harris can’t go, the Bombers have a lot of depth with running backs Brady Oliveira and Johnny Augustine and have proven they can win all season with them.

However, the weather and the fact that they haven’t played a meaningful game in six weeks since taking first place could work against the Bombers.

“We practiced under the conditions,” said Bombers defense attorney Willie Jefferson. “Some days it’s been rainy, some days snowy, some days windy, it’s been cold all the time. We’ve been practicing in this weather for a week and a half and we’re ready to hit some balls and get those pads clapping.”


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The Riders defeated the Calgary Stampeders 33-30 in overtime in last week’s West Semifinals in Regina and are coming in well. They’ve done enough to win that game, but will have to be much better — quarterback Cody Fajardo threw four interceptions — if they’re to compete with the Bombers.

The Riders could be without one of their top receivers as Duke Williams, who caught five passes for 55 yards last week, is a game decision due to the turf toe.

The people of Winnipeg are concerned that it will be difficult for the Bombers to quickly return to high gear after finishing the season with three insignificant games and a farewell week.

Linebacker Adam Bighill, who is in line for his third Most Outstanding Defensive Player award at the Gray Cup in Hamilton next week, said there is every reason to believe the Bombers will be in top form on Sunday.


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He said players have been in the stadium for 10 hours a day since the team took first place, doing the kind of work it takes to get ready for such a big game.

“If you look at the details of the performance that we have as we work, I think it’s very high,” Bighill said. “And the reason is that we’ve put in extra work to make sure that when we’re on the pitch, every opportunity is bright and clean, as detailed as we like it to be.

“When you’re working, you build trust. When you build the confidence, the nerves disappear because you know what’s going to happen. You know how to handle the situation and you know what to do.”

As the heavy favorites – and given their dominating regular season – there is no doubting the pressure on the Bombers to win this game and chase their second consecutive Gray Cup title next week in Hamilton.


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More than 30,000 spectators are expected to brave the weather conditions and cheer on the Bombers as they play a division final at home for the first time since 2011.

There is a lot at stake.

“Pressure is probably the word to use, but the way you handle pressure is through preparation,” Collaros said. “It feels like we’ve been preparing for this game for a while, even before we knew who we were going to play against. The phone rings and we’ve had a really good week, but it all depends on the execution.

“We are very much looking forward to the challenge. The Riders are a great football team.”

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Michigan vs. Iowa Live Score, Updates, Highlights of 2021 Big Ten Championship Game




Michigan vs.  Iowa Live Score, Updates, Highlights of 2021 Big Ten Championship Game

Michigan took a major hurdle when it knocked out Ohio state last week. It was the Wolverines’ first win over the Buckeyes since 2011, and the first in Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh’s tenure.

But with a loss to Iowa in Saturday’s Big Ten title game, the win over Ohio State would suddenly have much less meaning. It would again be symbolic of Michigan reaching a large mound and failing to clear it, something that has plagued the corn and blue since Harbaugh’s arrival.

MORE: Meet Hassan Haskins, the Michigan RB who set Ohio State on fire

However, this is certainly one of the best teams Harbaugh has deployed on his return to Ann Arbor. The Wolverines, like the Hawkeyes, have been known for strong running and defense this season. In fact, it’s likely that the best player on the field for either team will not be a quarterback.

For Michigan, it will likely be defensive Aidan Hutchinson or linebacker David Ojabo leading the charge for the Wolverines’ defense. Hutchinson registered three sacks against Ohio State and is now the Wolverines’ single-season record holder in that category. Ojabo meanwhile provides a nice addition, with 11 tackles for losses and also 11 sacks.

MORE: Michigan vs. Iowa betting odds, trends, forecasts

But Iowa’s offensive line has Tyler Linderbaum, the highest center in the country. He’ll likely be tasked with punching holes for star-running Tyler Goodson, while Michigan’s offensive line will have to do the same for Hassan Haskins. Haskins scored five touchdowns against Ohio State.

This game is a must-win for Michigan and could help define Harbaugh’s legacy at his alma mater. However, a win in Iowa will likely keep the Big Ten out of the playoff altogether.

Sporting News will keep live scores and updates during the 2021 Big Ten Championship game. Follow below for full coverage.

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Michigan vs. Iowa Live Updates, Highlights from the 2021 Big Ten Championship

8:35 PM: TOUCHDOWN MICHIGAN. Jim Harbaugh calls out Blake Corum as a change of pace and it pays off as he takes 67 yards to the house for the score. Backup QB JJ McCarthy serves as the lead blocker. Michigan 7, Iowa 0 with 6:38 left in the first.

8:34 PM: Michigan starts its second leg of the game on its own 20, but quickly stares at third-and-3 of the 27 and the Wolverines convert. Cade McNamara hits Donovan Edwards 6 yards from backfield.

8:29 PM: Iowa reaches the Michigan 15, but after a three-and-out chooses to kick the 33-yard field goal to miss wide right. A tie remains at 0-0 and the Wolverines catch a big break on Iowa’s opening stage.

8:27 PM: Petras hits LaPorta again, this time for 21. Iowa is known for its tight ends, and LaPorta is just the latest in a long string of successful ones. Now first and 10 for the Hawkeyes out of 17.

8:25 PM: On third-and-7, Petras sends it out downfield and it falls completely, but Michigan is hit for a defensive pass interference. Moves the Hawkeyes to the Michigan 40 now looking at the first and 10.

8:23 PM: Spencer Petras hits tight end Sam LaPorta for 15 yards then runs back, Tyler Goodson takes it for 2. Hawkeyes approach midfield, looking for second and 8 of their own 43.

8:20 PM: The Wolverines go three-and-done early and kick it away from their own 33. Iowa takes over at 26 for its opening ride.

8:19 PM: The opening kick goes for a touchback. Michigan starts at its own 25.

8:17 PM: Iowa wins the toss and postpones. Michigan starts the game on offense.

What channel is Michigan vs. iowa today?

  • TV channel: Fox
  • live stream: Fox Sports app | fuboTV

The 2021 Big Ten title game will air on Fox in prime time. Gus Johnson will man play-by-play

Start time Michigan vs. Iowa

  • Date: Saturday 4 December
  • kick off: 8:00 PM ET

The Big Ten Championship game kicks off at 8 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

College football schedule week 14

Saturday December 4

Game Time (ET) TV channel
Big 12: No. 5 Oklahoma State vs. No. 9 Baylor (AT&T Stadium) Afternoon ABC, fuboTV
MAC: Kent State vs. Northern Illinois (Ford Field) Afternoon ESPN, fuboTV
MWC: Utah State at No. 19 San Diego State 3 p.m. Fox, fuboTV
sun belt: App is at No. 24 Louisiana 3.30 pm ESPN, fuboTV
SEC: Number 1 Georgia vs. Number 3 Alabama (Mercedes-Benz Stadium) 4 p.m. CBS, Paramount+, fuboTV
AAC: No. 21 Houston at No. 4 Cincinnati 4 p.m. ABC, fuboTV
Big Ten: No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 13 Iowa (Lucas Oil Stadium) 8 pm Fox, fuboTV
ACC: No. 15 Pitt vs. No. 16 Wake Forest (Bank of America Stadium) 8 pm ABC, fuboTV
USC at Cal* 11:00 p.m. FS1, fuboTV

*Game postponed from its original date of Saturday, November 13 due to COVID-19 issues in Cal .’s team

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Strictly fans ‘cry’ as ‘painful’ exit result leaked online ahead of semi-final




Strictly fans 'cry' as 'painful' exit result leaked online ahead of semi-final

Strictly speaking, viewers were tense tonight as a number of couples were in danger of being in the dance-off

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Strictly speaking: Johannes and John receive a score of 32 . from the jury

Strictly fans were in tears tonight when the “painful” exit result was leaked online.

It comes after a tense night as the couples compete to secure a place in the semi-finals.

At the bottom of the standings were AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington, who took their lowest score of the competition after failing to impress with their salsa.

However, at the top of the standings were Rhys and Nancy and Rose and Giovanni with 39.

While fans kept biting their nails in anticipation of the result hours after the result came in, viewers continued to sob as they found out who made it to the next round.

Strictly speaking, fans were in tears when the result was leaked tonight



One commented: “I’m crying, I’m so happy.”

While another commented: “Somewhat sad, but it’s definitely the right result #StrictlySpoiler.”

A third wrote: “Aw I feel sad.”

But another pointed out: “The right 2 were in the dance out.”

Strictly fans were outraged by John and Johannes’ low scores



It comes after fans tonight were outraged by John Whaite and Johannes Radebe’s scores, accusing the judges of trying to “fix” the vote.

The 32-year-old Bake Off winner performed a Salsa tonight on Sister Sledge’s We are Family and wowed viewers.

But the judges were not that impressed, as they scored them lowest on the standings despite positive comments.

“We’ve asked you to add some other content,” Shirley Ballas noted. “You had a good time, well done.”

“It was great, I loved the disco feeling,” said Anton. “You came out without any inhibitions.”

They got a seven, two eights and a nine.

One commented: “JOHN AND JOHANNES UNDERMARKED! #strict.”

While another raged: “If they score Dan higher than John, I’ll revolt. Then NEVER could do what John just did. #Strict.”

*Strictly back tomorrow on BBC One

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