Proposed contractors law a danger to road safety:TWU

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Proposed contractors law a danger to road safety:TWU

The Transport Workers’ Union has warned there will be more fatalities on the roads if the Federal Government’s proposed Independent Contractors Act (ICA) passes through Federal Parliament.

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The Transport Workers’ Union has warned there will be more fatalities on the roads if the Federal Government’s proposed Independent Contractors Act (ICA) passes through Federal Parliament.

NSW TWU Secretary Tony Sheldon said there had been twice as many truck-related deaths on NSW roads this year than for the same time last year.

‘So far this year 24 people have been killed in truck accidents in NSW,’ he said. ‘Last year 72 people lost their lives.

‘Despite this tragic increase in deaths on our roads the Federal Government is still forging ahead with plans to introduce the ICA.’

Increase in driving hours

Sheldon said the ICA will destroy truck driver’s minimum safe rate of pay and further increase their ‘already excessive’ driving hours.

‘How many more people have to die at work before the Federal Government starts to take steps to [protect minimum safe rates of pay and safe working conditions in the trucking industry?’ he said.

‘The ICA would see a bidding race to the bottom dollar to win trucking contracts, with the driver who can do the job for less money winning the job.’

Sheldon said that with the extra pressure of expensive fuel drivers will be placed under even more stress and be pushed to do even longer driving hours.

‘The result will be more deaths on our roads as drivers will not have the time to stop for rest breaks and conduct safety checks and maintenance on their vehicles,’ he said.

‘We all share the roads and nobody wants to see this chaos brought to our streets.’

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