Driv­ers vic­to­ri­ous in the game of thrones

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ON ANY given day, Pa­trick’s Port Botany yard holds more than 60 truck driv­ers at a time.

Un­for­tu­nately, man or woman, Ken­worth or Volvo fan, all driv­ers at the port share one thing: a toi­let.

The TWU NSW branch es­ti­mated that is equiv­a­lent to al­most 1000 driv­ers po­ten­tially need­ing the loo and risk­ing penal­ties if they miss or leave their slot.

So it is no won­der driv­ers have had enough, es­pe­cially af­ter the oper­a­tor had in­creased the in­fra­struc­ture levy to $24.45 per con­tainer.

Step­ping in, the NSW TWU branch lob­bied driv­ers on so­cial me­dia about the prob­lem.

“Pa­trick is flush with cash, but still has the cheek to make driv­ers spend more than just a penny on in­fra­struc­ture that doesn’t even ex­ist. Now that re­ally is tak­ing the piss. And we’re call­ing bullsh-t,” their cam­paign post read.

“Let’s tell Pa­trick to get flushed.”

The move gained a huge amount of sup­port from port driv­ers.

It took only a mat­ter of days for both sides to come to a fair agree­ment on the mat­ter.

Pa­trick was will­ing to come good on the ce­ramic ne­ces­sity.

“The toi­let fa­cil­i­ties for truck driv­ers at Port Botany fully com­plied and were ap­proved in writ­ing by WorkSafe NSW,” a spokesper­son for Pa­trick said.

“How­ever af­ter feed­back from vis­it­ing driv­ers, Pa­trick agreed the toi­lets should be up­graded.

“As a re­sult, ex­tra tem­po­rary toi­lets are be­ing in­stalled and per­ma­nent im­proved fa­cil­i­ties will be in place within weeks.

“We have been pleased to work co-opra­tively with driv­ers and their union to re­solve their con­cerns.”

Turns out, when it comes to the bog, a small push is all it takes for a No.1 re­sult.

PHOTO: ROB WIL­LIAMS

OUTHOUSE WIN: Driv­ers at Port Botany can ex­pect new toi­let fa­cil­i­ties in the near fu­ture.

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