TWU reacts to Four Corners episode

Capitalising on the most recent episode of ABC show Four Corners, the Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) has lodged a national dispute over safety issues in Australia's oil, fuel and gas industry to the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal.

On Monday, the ABC aired a report by Four Corners reporter Stephen Long titled ‘This Trucking Life’, characterising trucking in Australia as a “deadly intersection of corporate greed, government inaction and an industry feeding on itself.”

The TWU now claims to possess a new industry survey showing one in four petrol tanker drivers is pressured to break the speed limit, one in three is pushed to falsify logbooks, and half of them ignore rest breaks and drive while fatigued.

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) reacted immediately, saying the Union should inform the authorities if it had any information on illegal behaviour. “If the TWU claims to have this data and knows of drivers that are driving illegally, it should report them to the authorities immediately, if they care about road safety,” said ATA spokesperson Bill McKinley.

TWU Secretary Tony Sheldon said the dispute would be lodged with the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT), seeking action to hold clients accountable for skipping safety checks and setting impossibly low pay rates or delivery times.

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