My wish list in the new year
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.