Secretary of the TWU, Peter Biagini, yesterday received a call from a reporter at the Courier Mail in regards to whether or not affiliated trade unions would be supporting Pauline Hanson.
The requests followed an article yesterday referencing quotes from the Queensland Council of Unions.
The article fundamentally misrepresented the position of Peter Biagini and the Transport Workers Union.
The statement that ‘The Transport Workers Union is open to providing financial support or resources to One Nation if Pauline Hanson can convince its leadership she will back policies that benefit its members’ is patently untrue.
The role of the Transport Workers Union and Mr. Biagini as it’s Branch Secretary is to best represent the interests of transport workers in QLD.
It is a fact that the role of any trade union leader is to attempt to engage with all political parties to further the interest of their members.
This engagement is clear and distinct from any financial and/or material support.
Prior to the Federal election this year, Mr. Biagini approached Ms. Hanson at a Union rally outside her campaign office to seek her position on a range of industrial issues relevant to transport workers.
At this rally Ms. Hanson made her opposition to the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal abundantly clear and committed, as had the Turnbull Government in the lead in to the election, to absolutely no action to improve safety on our roads and prevent the senseless tragedies inflicted on our communities.
The insinuation that the Transport Workers Union is planning to provide support for a One Nation candidate or campaign is blatantly untrue.
It is true to say that if the position of Ms. Hanson or One Nation were to change then the TWU QLD Branch would consider any changes in relation to the interests of transport workers.
It is abundantly clear however, that over the course of a 20 year political career, Ms. Hanson’s positions are unlikely to change either in relation to her views on race or industrial relations – Pauline Hanson is no friend of transport workers.
It is a fact that the TWU is an affiliated union of the ALP because it is the ALP who have best represented the interests of transport workers over the course of 100 years of fighting for the rights of transport workers in QLD.
It was the Australian Labor Party that, in 2012 introduced historic, world leading legislation in the form of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal to combat the carnage in the transport industry which results in over 330 road fatalities each year.
As an affiliated union of the ALP, the TWU in QLD has and will only provide financial and material support to the ALP and supports the position of the party in regards to preference allocation.
Media Contact: Tom Millroy 0411875910