Your TWU has launched legal action following last week’s BP tanker crash on the NSW-Victorian border, which killed three people and has seen all BP tankers across Australia recalled for safety inspection.
“Drivers deserve to have a safe workplace and not to be forced to drive a mobile bomb,” TWU QLD Assistant State Secretary Scott Connolly said.
“One in three drivers have been threatened with job losses if they report safety defects.
“We are fighting this fight for our members and for Queenslanders and their families who have the right for their roads to be safe.”
Industry research also reveals that one in four tanker drivers face economic pressure to speed.
Your TWU is opening legal proceedings with the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal to force clients to lift the economic pressure on drivers: the major cause of truck crashes.
TWU National Assistant Secretary Michael Kaine announced this on Thursday; just one week after Michael and the national Safe Rates Steering Committee met at your TWU State Headquarters in Murarrie, Brisbane to chart the way forward for Safe Rates of pay for truck drivers.
Your TWU is in the fight for Safe Rates for the long haul: and was the driving force behind establishing, under the previous Labor Government, the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal which aims to stop the over 300 road deaths in Australia each year resulting from truck crashes.
The Abbott government announced as soon as it got in to power that it wants to “review” the Tribunal, which is jargon for axing it: ignoring the safety of drivers in QLD and across Australia to cave in to pressure from their big business buddies who want the Tribunal gone.
See your national Safe Rates Steering committee in action visiting yards in Brisbane: click here to go to your TWU QLD Facebook