TWU lauds La­bor safety com­mit­ment

Road safety ‘sys­tem’ in­ten­tion an­nounced at ALP Na­tional Con­fer­ence

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LA­BOR HAS made an an­nounce­ment at its na­tional con­fer­ence in De­cem­ber that, should it be elected this year, it in­tends to leg­is­late for a na­tional sys­tem of Safe Rates, which has been en­dorsed by the Trans­port Work­ers’ Union (TWU).

The TWU says La­bor’s “com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing road safety will see the party en­gage with the TWU and key in­dus­try play­ers in de­vel­op­ing a sys­tem of safe stan­dards, which will ap­ply to all par­ties in the trans­port sup­ply chain and raise stan­dards across the in­dus­try”.

“A Fed­eral La­bor Gov­ern­ment will, as a mat­ter of ur­gency, leg­is­late for a na­tional sys­tem of Safe Rates con­sist­ing of an in­de­pen­dent body with re­spon­si­bil­ity for safe stan­dards of work in­clud­ing fair pay­ments and con­di­tions. This task has be­come more press­ing given the emer­gence of new tech­nol­ogy and the gig econ­omy in pas­sen­ger and freight trans­port, which has ac­cel­er­ated the down­ward spi­ral through­out the trans­port in­dus­try,” La­bor’s res­o­lu­tion reads.

TWU na­tional sec­re­tary Michael Kaine de­scribed the an­nounce­ment as an “im­por­tant day for in­dus­try be­cause we can be as­sured that un­der a La­bor gov­ern­ment, there will be a pri­or­ity to make trans­port safer and fairer”.

“The in­dus­try is on its knees be­cause of the way wealthy com­pa­nies at the top de­mand that their goods be de­liv­ered for the bare min­i­mum,” he says.

“In truck­ing, this means con­stant fi­nan­cial pres­sure on trans­port op­er­a­tors and driv­ers. This sees driv­ers pushed to work long hours, speed and skip rest breaks and it means vi­tal main­te­nance on truck­ing fleets is de­layed.

“This is why trans­port is Aus­tralia’s dead­li­est in­dus­try and why there are such high num­bers of deaths and in­juries in truck crashes,” Kaine says.

“To­day the trans­port in­dus­try has a brighter fu­ture, with a plan for sus­tain­able busi­nesses, qual­ity jobs and safer roads.”

Above: Michael Kaine ad­dresses the ALP Na­tional Con­fer­ence del­e­gates. Photo Twit­ter

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