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