Tragic incident prompts National Day of Respect for Public Transport Workers

The tragic death of Brisbane bus driver Manmeet Sharma will be marked by a National Day of Respect for Public Transport Workers, to be held next Wednesday 9 November 2016.


The Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) and the Transport Workers Union (TWU) are today asking commuters to honour a National Day of Respect through simple acts of saying “thank you” to public transport workers who provide valuable services throughout the day.

RTBU National President Phil Altieri said public transport workers across the country had been left reeling by the horrific circumstances of Mr Sharma’s death.

“Manmeet Sharma was a popular and widely respected young man in the Queensland transport industry, who had worked as a bus driver and a taxi driver.

“He was also a much-loved member of his local community.

“Next Wednesday will be a day for all Australians to reflect on Manmeet’s short but beautiful life, and also to reflect on the role all transport workers play in moving people around our cities and towns.”

TWU Queensland Secretary Peter Biagini said Mr Sharma’s death unfortunately highlighted a broader issue surrounding violence and anti-social behaviour directed towards public transport workers.

“We know that so many proud public transport workers have been left reeling by this tragedy, and it’s easy to think that it could have been them.

“Public transport workers and public transport customers have the right to feel safe when going about their daily business.

“Safety and respect need to be paramount when people are using, or working, on public transport.

“Even the simple act of saying thank you to your driver can make a difference, and will be appreciated.”

ENDS

TWU Media Contact: Tom Millroy 0411875910

Day of Respect

The National Day of Respect for Public Transport Workers will be held on Wednesday 9 November 2016. There will be short tribute to Manmeet Sharma and a minute’s silence at the site of Manmeet’s death in Moorooka, Brisbane, commencing at 11am.

Commuters across Australia will also be encouraged to say “thank you” to bus drivers, tram drivers, taxi drivers and other public transport workers as a mark of respect for Manmeet Sharma and for the role public transport workers play in the community.
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