ATA calls on TWU to get involved in safety discussions

TWU protest march

It looks as though discussion around the scrapped Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) is about to spark up again as we get closer to a Federal Election.

Off the radar since it was scrapped by the Turnbull Government back in April 2016, the Transport Workers Union (TWU) looks set to fight for the reintroduction of the controversial body that was previously chartered to set pay and conditions for road transport drivers.

But the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) says the union needs to move on from the failed RSRT.

ATA CEO Ben Maguire telling us the TWU needs to instead start arguing for practical safety measures that would improve safety for everyone on the road.

“The TWU failed to engage in the development of the ATA/ALC Registered Master Code of Practice.

“It didn’t make a submission to the Queensland parliamentary inquiry into the new truck safety laws that take effect from 1 October.

“There is no reason why the TWU cannot join our positive discussions or put forward practical initiatives.”

Meantime, Mr Maguire welcomed the announcement that the Federal Government will fund a range of heavy vehicle safety projects to the tune of $3.9 million.

The projects will include road sharing education programs, as well as more safety cameras and a roadside effluent disposal facility for livestock carriers.

“These are the kinds of positive initiatives we need, and it’s great to have the support of the Government,”

“It’s time for the TWU to contribute to practical safety reforms, and I look forward to having this discussion with them.”

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