THE date for our federal members to vote on the Road Safety Remuneration Bill is fast approaching and the TWU's campaign on Safe Rates is running hot.
Since the last time I wrote our campaign for Safe Rates has gone up a few notches. We've demonstrated at a Coles supermarket to raise awareness of supply chain pressures. We've been to Canberra to urge our federal members to support the Bill, giving evidence before the Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications which is investigating the Bill. The TWU knows of the need to act now to protect our drivers on the road and we have taken steps to ensure that we can get it across the line.
Over the last month, the TWU have been encouraging everyone to get behind our truck drivers, for example by writing letters to our federal members to see were they stand on the Bill. I'm pleased to report that federal members have been bombarded with letters from people of every walk of life, asking them to support truck drivers.
I'm also pleased to report that various federal members from NSW have met with rank and file TWU members and signed our pledge to vote for the Road Safety Remuneration Bill. These include Laurie Ferguson MP, Michelle Rowland MP, Senator Matt Thistlewaite, Stephen Jones MP and David Bradbury MP.
This is a crucial time for our campaign and we need your help more than ever to make it a reality. So if you haven't heard from your local member on where they stand on the bill, give them a call and let them know why they should vote for the Road Safety Remuneration Bill.
Here are three good reasons why your federal member should get behind our Safe Rates campaign:
It provides a national system of safe rates and conditions for our truck drivers, setting minimum industry standards based on safe driving practices.
When we improve the conditions for truck drivers, we ensure our roads are safer for all Australians.
The Road Safety Remuneration Bill has widespread industry support from Australian Road Transport Industrial Organisation, Linfox and the Australian Livestock Transporters Association.
The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the Bill sometime during the week beginning Monday, March 12.
Hopefully next time, I write I won't be telling you what we 'will' be doing to further our campaign but rather reporting what we now 'can' do for all truck drivers across Australia.
For more information on how you can join the campaign visit: www.twu.com.au /makeourroadssafer