TWU campaign for road safety awareness

The Transport Workers Union’s (TWU) National Secretary, Tony Sheldon, joined more than 150 truck drivers and their families in a memorial to raise awareness for road safety.

Speaking at the memorial on the Queensland Gold Coast, Mr Sheldon highlighted some of the deaths in the transport industry may be due to economic pressure forcing drivers to meet unrealistic delivery deadlines.

“Our message today is that no deadline is worth a life,” he said.

Memorial protesters marched from Broadbeach to the memorial site, where a wreath was laid on a smashed heavy vehicle taken from a crash on a Queensland road.

Mr Sheldon used the media stunt as an opportunity to call on Federal MPs to support the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal.

The Tribunal was established in 2012, but the Coalition Government has announced plans to shut it down after July 1, claiming it is just ‘red tape.’

“The Government needs to understand that road safety is not red tape.”

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