TRUCK drivers and their supporters are to protest in major capital cities on Wednesday (April 18) on the two-year anniversary of the Federal government decision to shut down the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal.
The Transport Workers’ Union says the government’s move meant wealthy retailers no longer faced scrutiny over safety in their supply chains.
“Since then wealthy manufacturers, banks and retailers… are no longer scrutinised over their low-cost transport contracts which mean that trucking fleets are not maintained and drivers are pushed to work long hours, speed and skip mandatory rest breaks,” a Union statement read.
“This pressure is behind an increase in truck drivers’ deaths and truck crash fatalities. The only response by the authorities to this has been to increase camera and police blitzes to catch drivers.”
Critics of the Tribunal previously noted a report by Small Business Ombudsman Kate Carnell which found the tribunal’s “discriminatory’’ orders to lift the pay rates of thousands of truck drivers made long-distance and supermarket chain drivers uncompetitive.