TWU releases results from post-blitzes
The Transport Workers Union (TWU) says almost 93 per cent of the 1,000 truck drivers involved in its survey reported feeling increasing pressure in the course of doing their jobs.
The survey was conducted following a series of January police safety actions predominantly in New South Wales in response to a spate of fatal truck accidents there.
The TWU says the drivers nominated “the financial squeeze from major supermarkets and manufacturers, bad roads, unsafe truck stops and unrealistic deadlines” as major sources of pressure.
“Two years ago, the Federal Government scrapped scrutiny and accountability on the major manufacturers and retailers like Aldi over poor rates in their supply chains,” TWU acting national secretary Michael Kaine says.
“This financial pressure means that trucks are not being maintained and drivers are being pushed to speed, drive long hours and skip mandatory rest breaks.
“The only response from the federal government to the spike in deaths has been to increase the number of speed cameras to catch drivers and to have police fine them over breaches.
“This will not solve the problems in the industry and it will not cut the number of crashes. Unless wealthy clients are held to account for low-cost contracts the problem in this industry will only worsen.”