600 TWU delegates send a message
AT THE end of August, more than 600 Transport Workers' Union delegates from across New South Wales and ACT gathered at Rosehill in Sydney's West for two days, to learn, teach, celebrate and plan.
Union delegates are the workplace leaders who step forward to take responsibility for the safety and working conditions of other transport workers.
Delegates' conference is an opportunity to celebrate all their hard yakka and to plan for challenges ahead.
This year we were also joined by over 50 of our brothers and sisters from Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia - many of whom jumped on a bus and drove to join us in Sydney. While on the drive they stopped in various regional cities to continue the campaign for Safe Rates for all transport workers. I think it was the first time I was ever happy to see a maroon jumper in Sydney!
At the conference we heard from industry experts, leaders and politicians and also gathered in small groups to discuss what's working and what isn't.
But we didn't just sit there and talk about change and action - all 600 of us hit the streets together to make a stand against the slaughter on our roads caused by lethal pressure on truckies. We marched out beside James Ruse Dr, holding a protest rally where we called out Coles boss John Durkan for putting his executive bonus ahead of safety on our roads.
The tools our delegates, HSRs and activists have taken away from the conference will make them smarter, stronger and more strategic in representing transport workers and in fighting to build a better transport industry.
I'm already looking forward to next year's Delegates' Conference - it's going to be even bigger and better.