TWU CONVOY LAUNCHES IN BRISBANE TOMORROW:
NATIONAL PROTESTS AROUND COUNTRY ON WAY TO 700 STRONG MASS MEETING
MEDIA OPPORTUNITY BRISBANE & GOLD COAST
Convoys of TWU members from Queensland and South Australia will stage protests around the country before converging on Sydney to join over 700 TWU members. The QLD convoy will take off from Brisbane tomorrow and stop on the Gold Coast to stage a protest.
“In Australia 330 people are killed in truck crashes every year while large retailers like Coles rake in the profits, with Coles announcing revenue of $38 billion last week,” TWU QLD Secretary Peter Biagini said.
“That means 330 families this year who are missing a family member at the table so corporate retail giants can make a record profit.
“One in five transport industry employers admit they break safety rules to meet deadlines – deadlines set by economic pressure from large Clients such as Coles*.
“Our truck drivers, their families and all of us who use the road pay the price with their lives. The TWU will not accept that here in QLD or anywhere else.
“The TWU stand by our truck drivers, their families and all families using the road: whose lives are worth more than the profit companies like Coles make by pushing down safety standards on our roads.”
According to the National Transport Commission, practices by the retail industry affecting road transport “can play a direct and significant role in causing hazardous practices”. The Commission adds: “There is solid survey evidence linking payment levels and systems to crashes, speeding, driving while fatigued and drug use.”
Coles is opposed to Australia’s road safety watchdog, The Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, which was established under the previous Labor Government to address the industry practices killing people in truck crashes on Australian roads.
Coles has donated $2.1 million to the Liberal Party which has signaled its plans to scrap the road safety watchdog.
Transport Workers Union convoys from QLD and SA leave their respective states tomorrow and arrive to meet the 700 strong NSW and ACT delegation in Rosehill, Sydney on 27 August, staging numerous national protest actions on the way.
- Trucking is Australia’s deadliest profession with truck drivers 15 times more likely to die than any other profession
- A new report* reveals that:
- 1 in 5 transport industry employers break safety rules to meet deadlines, compared to just 6% of employers in other industries
- 20% accept dangerous behavior, compared to less than 2% in other industries.
- 45% of workers say risks are unavoidable
- In QLD last week marked QLD Road Safety Week while Queenslanders mourned the loss from two fatal truck crashes over three days (9-11 August).
*Transport Industry, Synthesis of Findings, Report July 2015 by Safe Work Australia
- On the convoy with TWU QLD members & officials: Sarah Mawhinney 0413 738 841
- Alternative contact at TWU QLD office, Brisbane: Tanie Harris Sansey 0411 875 910
Phone interviews and pre records available now via Brisbane media contact on 0411 875 910.
MEDIA OPPORTUNITY – TOMORROW, TUESDAY 25 AUGUST
9.00 am: BRISBANE – CONVOY LAUNCH
TWU convoy takes off from TWU House, 11 Alexandra Place Murarrie. Interviews and footage available 9am – 9.25am. Convoy leaves at 9.30 am.
10.30 am: GOLD COAST PROTEST ACTION
Location: Convoy will arrive Robina at approximately 10-30am, disembark the bus and delegation will march to Coles. Call media contact on location 0413 738 841 at 10-20am for exact location.
DIGITAL MEDIA OPPORTUNITY
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TWU convoy and protest actions:
- QLD and SA bus convoys leave their respective states on Tuesday 25 August and arrive to meet the 700 strong NSW delegation in Rosehill, Sydney on 27 August.
- The QLD convoy will travel through the following towns staging protest actions along the way:
- Gold Coast: Robina QLD
- Coffs Harbour
- Port Macquarie