My wish list in the new year

Big Rigs - - BIG RIGS | OPINION - JAMES GRA­HAM james.gra­[email protected]­grigs.com.au

SADLY, the prospect of a re­dun­dancy in our work­ing life is a fact of life.

I’ve been through two my­self and I don’t care how thick-skinned you think you are, you can’t help but take it per­son­ally on some level.

But there are ways to soften the blow, like maybe a broader warn­ing to all staff that cuts may be on the hori­zon if things don’t pick up.

A blan­ket re­dun­dancy no­tice to your en­tire ros­ter of 400, less than a week be­fore Christ­mas, is not one of them.

As one dev­as­tated driver told us, it’s not like the bosses at Redstar Trans­port (see page 3) would have made an overnight de­ci­sion to close the doors.

We’ll be fol­low­ing this story closely in the next few weeks to bring you more on the real rea­sons for the sud­den col­lapse.

Although the hol­i­day sea­son may have been clouded for many by this heart­break, I have high hopes for 2019 for the in­dus­try as a whole.

This is go­ing to be the year for pos­i­tive change, re­gard­less of who is in power af­ter the elec­tion.

We’ve had the re­views and we know what needs to be done so let’s get on and fix the things that need to be fixed, like bet­ter pay rates for driv­ers, more rest stops and a fairer road user charg­ing sys­tem.

Re­ally, if we have the right team of fresh faces in place – not the same ones who have caused such dis­ar­ray and dis­sen­sion al­ready – how hard can that be?

I look back through Google and see that many sec­tors are still de­bat­ing the same is­sues they did five, six, and seven-plus years ago.

But the demise of Redstar Trans­port showed we can come to­gether in times of need with the of­fers of jobs to those who are now fac­ing an un­cer­tain fu­ture. Maybe we just need to tap into that sen­ti­ment a bit more.

What is­sues do you see as our main pri­or­i­ties for 2019? Email us at ed­i­[email protected]­grigs. com.au and help keep the mo­men­tum go­ing.

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