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Big Rigs - - INDUSTRY NEWS - RICHARD OLSEN TWU NSW State Sec­re­tary

I TALK to mem­bers of the Trans­port Work­ers’ Union every day. I hear sto­ries of wage theft, bad bosses, un­fair­ness in yards and a lot more. Driv­ers are pushed to their lim­its and beyond.

We know from a re­port into our in­dus­try done by Mac­quarie Univer­sity there are a high num­ber of driv­ers who have said de­liv­ery dead­lines are of­ten un­re­al­is­tic and it is hard to refuse an un­safe load.

Those at the top who com­pro­mise a driver’s safety be­cause they need to save a dol­lar or two must be held to ac­count.

This is why the TWU speaks out, we must have man­agers tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for the men and women that keep their com­pa­nies mov­ing.

This is why we stand in front of ALDI stores ask­ing them to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their sup­ply chain.

This is how we win at Patrick in Port Botany, forc­ing them to build proper toi­lets for driv­ers.

We stand up to man­age­ments who ig­nore their work­ers, which is why we are walk­ing be­side 157 driv­ers at Han­son Con­crete who are sim­ply seek­ing to be paid the same as oth­ers who do the same job.

We are seek­ing a safe day be­hind the wheel, pro­vid­ing ways for driv­ers to bet­ter their skills through the Blue­card.

We are hold­ing Roads and Mar­itime Ser­vices and the NSW Gov­ern­ment to ac­count for driv­ers on the Moree and Newell High­way by­pass, mak­ing sure there is more than just words from th­ese peo­ple when it comes to pre­vent­ing rock-throw­ing in­ci­dents.

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