The Transport Workers’ Union will join the Lights on the Hill Trucking Memorial Convoy from Brisbane to Gatton tomorrow in support of the not-for-profit organisation and to honour truck drivers who have lost their lives at work.
“Gary Simpson, Glen Beutel and Juanita Johnson and the whole organising committee have done a great job with the Lights on the Hill Memorial and we are really proud to be here to support them,” TWU State Secretary Peter Biagini said.
“The Lights on the Hill Memorial is run by volunteers and it is a great opportunity to come together to remember fallen friends and support their families, friends and communities who are all affected.”
“Sadly, 330 people are killed in crashes on our roads each year involving trucks,” Mr Biagini said.
“We are working toward a better industry to improve safety on our roads for all motorists and reduce the number of deaths.”
Starting at 10am at BP Archerfield in Brisbane and at Brown & Hurley in Toowoomba, the two convoys converge on the Gatton Showground where there will be a range of family entertainment throughout the day.
“There is something special about the mateship of being in the transport industry and I look forward to being a part of the convoy,” Mr Biagini said.
TWU Assistant National Secretary Michael Kaine echoed Peter’s thoughts, saying it was time to support and recognise the work of our drivers and to remember those who lost their lives while working.
“Trucking is the backbone of this great country but far too many truckers are tragically killed behind the wheel due to the pressures in our industry,” Mr Kaine said.
The Lights on the Hill Convoy is a fitting tribute to those we have lost, while we continue the campaign for a better, safer industry in their name but nothing will change until principal employers like Coles are held accountable.
Mick O’Brien – 0411 875 910