Readers sound off on pres­sures

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IN­CREAS­ING pres­sure on truck­ies, who face long hours and low wages, is hav­ing dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects on truck driv­ers ac­cord­ing to Trans­port Work­ers Union Queens­land branch sec­re­tary Peter Bi­agini.

Big Rigs so­cial me­dia users knew all about those pres­sures.

LUKE DANIELL: “What’s the point of a seven-hour break when you’re not tired? You end up ly­ing there star­ing at the roof in the sleeper. Then the sec­ond your seven hours are up, you’re ap­par­ently good for an­other 14 hours in 17 hours. But an hour up the road you’re on the nod. Fa­tigue laws don’t work un­less you’re on the same run week-in week-out.” STEVEN COR­CO­RAN: “One dis­crep­ancy you get screwed, guilty un­til proven in­no­cent, you will be aban­doned in­ter­state by

em­ployer if a crash oc­curs, no pro­mo­tions, no re­ward for loy­alty, no ba­sic hu­man rights let alone work­place rights.”

BEN GUNN: “An­other contributor is the com­bi­na­tions and the reg­u­la­tions on them. Most com­pa­nies utilise the 34 pal­let B-dou­ble com­bos but we are re­stricted to what prime movers you can put on front. Be­ing jammed up in a cab-over for 60–80 hours a week is not the most com­fort­able of set­tings. Be­ing able to put a long prime mover on the front could help. And hav­ing ve­hi­cles set up for the cli­mac­tic con­di­tions helps. I think most driv­ers who have had to spend nights away in the north­ern and western parts of this coun­try will tell you some of the trucks they have had to do this in have been of sub stan­dard for the cli­mate they op­er­ate in.”

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