“The TWU Canberra Convoy was the transport industry coming together with one voice to tell politicians in Canberra of the crisis in our industry. Changes need to be made, the industry has a desperate need for reform. Our message to all parliamentarians is to get behind the lifesaving legislation that will make needed changes in the transport industry.”
Richard Olsen, State Secretary
“The TWU Canberra Convoy was one of five Convoys across Australia. Workers are standing up and saying enough is enough. We know only too well how deadly our industry is. We have decades of evidence, court decisions, coronial inquests, Government inquiries and they all tell us the same thing.”
Michael Kaine, National Secretary
A standard-setting body would:
|Set fair standards for all transport workers|
|Hold clients to account to ensure fairer and safer contracts|
|Ensure payments are made on time and owner drivers can recover costs|
|Ensure voices of all drivers and key industry bodies are heard|
|Level the playing field for safe, healthy competition and a sustainable industry|
A WIN IN CANBERRA FOR TRANSPORT WORKERS
At the recent Federal Government Job Summit, thanks to relentless workers’ action and unity, Employment Minister Tony Burke announced his intention to empower the Fair Work Commission to set enforceable standards for all transport workers, to enable a safer, more sustainable, and viable industry.
Enforceable standards for all transport workers will level the playing field.
There is still a way to go to get this life-saving reform through Parliament. We need all industry participants to stand shoulder to shoulder and give the Federal Government the best opportunity to get this done.