Fatigue Tests Will Stop Rogue Employers

February 12, 2017
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Technology may soon become a back-door measure to stop dodgy employers from cutting corners and forcing truck drivers to work dangerously-long hours while fatigued. Melbourne sleep researchers are developing a roadside test for fatigue that police could use along with the alcohol breath-test and the saliva swab for drugs. Victoria Police and the Transport...

We Must Get Up To Speed On Road Safety – Deputy Opposition Leader

February 10, 2017
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It’s a mistake to allow politics to compromise road safety, particularly when our road toll is rising after years of decline, writes Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Tourism and Cities Anthony Albanese. Trucks account for only 2 percent of registered vehicles in Australia, yet they are involved in 16 percent...

2017 TWU Safety Summit – a message by Branch Secretary John Berger

February 9, 2017
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The TWU places such high priority on workplace safety because, in the transportation sector more than any other across the Australian community, it means the difference between life and death. Tragically, Safe Work Australia statistics for 2016 show, out of a total of 176 work-related deaths Australia-wide last year, 63...

TWU Owner Driver Review Submission

February 8, 2017
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The TWU (Vic/Tas Branch) has called for greater rights and protections for owner drivers and supply chain accountability in its submission to a wide-ranging State Government review of laws regulating owner drivers and forestry contractors. The submission to the Review of the Owner Driver and Forestry Contractors Act 2005 and Owner...

Those at top of chain-of-responsibility should be held accountable for truck road deaths: new research. 

February 2, 2017
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A truck cabin is among the deadliest workplaces in Australia, new research shows. The Macquarie University study, which surveyed 559 truck drivers, found a high proportion are forced to work long and dangerous hours carrying unsafe loads to avoid losing their jobs. The report, to be released today at a TWU road safety summit,...

Unions urge trains and trams to be returned to public hands

February 2, 2017
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The TWU has joined an RTBU-led campaign to put trams and trains back in the Victorian public’s hands and stop billions of dollars of revenue going to foreign companies.   The issue has united the broader labour movement who were out in force at the public campaign launch at Trades...

TWU National Secretary on the Today Show speaking about raids on a transport business and transport industry safety crisis

February 2, 2017
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TWU National Secretary spoke this morning to the Today Show about raids currently being conducted on a Sydney transport business and the crises in the transport industry. Watch the video now on the TWU (Vic/Tas Branch) Facebook page. In the video, Mr Sheldon also discussed why the transport industry has...

TWU SAFETY SUMMIT TO TACKLE HIGH DEATH & INJURY RATES IN TRUCKING

January 31, 2017
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The Transport Workers’ Union will hold a Safety Summit in Sydney this Friday, February 3rd, bringing together truck drivers, industry, academics and politicians to devise ways to deal with the crisis in trucking. Speakers will include Labor Senator and former TWU Federal Councillor Glenn Sterle, NSW Nationals Senator John Williams,...

TRUCK DRIVER TAKES AIM AT COALITION MINISTERS OVER ‘REUNION’ EXPENSES

January 13, 2017
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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was desperate for a better 2017 after a disastrous 2016, an incredible situation given he was re-elected Prime Minister in July. But those hopes appear dashed after Turnbull accepted the resignation of Health Minister Sussan Ley on 13 January following two weeks of public anger that followed revelations...