The Transport Workers’ Union is calling on the Coalition Government and the Prime Minister to stand up with transport workers on road safety and the transport industry after more tragedies on Queensland roads.

The Transport Workers’ Union is refusing to back down in the fight for Safe Rates after more deaths on Queensland roads involving heavy vehicles.

After the death of a truck driver at Bloomsbury in North Queensland, the TWU is calling on the LNP member for Dawson, George Christensen MP, to make road safety and Safe Rates a priority.

There is a proven link between Safe Rates of pay and safety, said TWU QLD Secretary Peter Biagini.

“Too many people are dying – Safe Rates are crucial to the safety of our members, to remove pressure from the big retailers who have all the economic leverage and can force them to try to adhere to unrealistic and dangerous timeframes and payments” said Peter Biagini.

“Our members work in an industry where they are twelve times more likely to die at work than other Australian workers”

“The Prime Minister, once again showing how out of touch he is, decided that axing the only body with the power to enforce Safe Rates was the best move for driver safety”

“With no plan or vision for improving road safety for drivers and the public, the Prime Minister has done nothing but score political points at the expense of public safety”

“Until we see real action on Safe Rates of pay for drivers in the transport industry, this crisis will continue”

Transport workers will be rallying on Sunday the 19th of June as part of the TWU National Day of Action on Safe Rates.

Media contact: Tom Millroy 0411875910

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