Residents urged to help truckies

MARYBOROUGH residents were yesterday urged to throw their support behind the Transport Workers Union’s campaign for “safe rates” in the transport industry.

TWU representatives were in the Heritage City as part of their trek in a semi-trailer from Townsville to Brisbane to raise awareness and gain support.

A spokesperson said the union strongly believed a federal system on minimum rates of pay for truck drivers would help reduce Queensland’s and the nation’s heavy vehicle road toll.

“If a federal safe rate system were in place truck drivers would be fully compensated for their labour, waiting times and fuel costs and not be forced to drive long hours on our roads just to make ends meet.”

In the past year there have been 53 heavy vehicle-related fatalities in Queensland.



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