TWU: Time for solutions is now
THE Transport Workers' Union is taking to the streets - we are asking you to join us for our convoy on March 31 and be counted amongst those that are seeking a safer and fairer industry.
Stand up and join with other drivers against those wanting to make safety on our roads a voluntary responsibility.
It's not surprising to the TWU that our case for a safer and fairer industry is being opposed by various transport industry associations (the unions for your employers).
With their heads stuck in the sand they choose to ignore the data, the evidence and the stories from drivers that show there is a problem.
There are plenty that are doing "okay”, but there are others that get ready for their shifts knowing their day will be spent in trucks that are not fit for the road, or contain gruelling schedules that push them to find ways around safe behaviour so they do not lose their jobs.
It's these drivers that we need to protect, it's these drivers that need to have their voices heard.
The time for real, meaningful solutions for our industry is now.
Bullies in our industry include the wealthy retailer or manufacturer forcing transport companies into taking lower cost contracts with payment terms lasting months.
The impact on the supply chain of these practices is placing unnecessary pressure on drivers and operators.
Time and again, truck drivers are forced to resort to extreme lengths to meet a schedule set by an office-bound manager who doesn't understand or doesn't care about the human cost of meeting that schedule.
Families are losing out, you don't get a proper break, you don't see your kids, you worry about the bills that are piling up and you have a better relationship with your truck than you do your family.
The TWU has a plan - we want to see the transport industry changed for the better.
We are pushing for a regulatory framework to ensure standards can be lifted across the board by holding clients accountable.
This plan not only makes sense, it is also the right thing to do: for our drivers, for our transport businesses and for all road users.
We need to see a shared responsibility for road safety put in place.
The fight for Safe Rates can only be won by transport workers standing together.
We need and deserve a safer and fairer industry.
So if you're up for that, you and your family can get involved in our convoy.
To find out how call us in New South Wales on 1800 729 909, in Queensland on 1800 804 533 or register online at this link: bit.ly/Convoy2019