TWU high­lights fa­tal­ity risk to Se­nate in­quiry

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The Trans­port Work­ers Union (TWU) has used a Se­nate com­mit­tee in­quiry into truck driver train­ing and other in­dus­try mat­ters to round on the fed­eral gov­ern­ment on the safety of driv­ers.

With Ru­ral and Re­gional Af­fairs and Trans­port Ref­er­ences Com­mit­tee’s As­pects of Road Safety probe also ad­dress­ing ex­ploita­tion of for­eign driv­ers and work­ing visas, and the union sought to link such mal­prac­tice with in­dus­try’s dis­mal work­place fa­tal­ity rate.

TWU na­tional sec­re­tary Tony Shel­don ac­cused the gov­ern­ment of al­low­ing labour agree­ments that let trans­port op­er­a­tors to bring in over­seas trans­port work­ers to pay them less.

The union ar­gues this ex­ploita­tion is caus­ing a race to the bot­tom in trans­port lead­ing to driv­ers be­ing paid low rates and pres­sured to drive long hours and caus­ing a spike to deaths from truck crashes.

It also re­peated its on­go­ing Road Safety Re­mu­ner­a­tion Tri­bunal (RSRT) abo­li­tion crit­i­cism.

The full re­port can be found at the Par­lia­ment of Aus­tralia web­site.

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