TWU highlights fatality risk to Senate inquiry
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.