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BUS DRIVERS WIN AS NEW SAFETY TRIAL ANNOUNCED


TWU QLD BRANCH MEDIA RELEASE, 30 May 2017
 
The Transport Workers’ Union is celebrating after a trial of new bus safety measures was announced by the Palaszczuk Government.

A new safety trial announced today by the Palaszczuk Government will ensure that our bus drivers are safe at work, says the Transport Workers’ Union.
 
Deputy Premier and Minister for Transport Jackie Trad made the announcement today that new anti-shatter film would be installed on a number of Cairns buses during a meeting with a group of bus drivers in Cairns.
 
Transport Workers’ Union Queensland Branch Secretary Peter Biagini said today that this trial is the first step to ensuring that bus drivers feel safe while providing a vital community service.
 
“Safety at work is a fundamental right” said Biagini.
 
“We finally have a Government who will listen and ensure that the workers that so many rely on are properly protected while they do their jobs”
 
“Cairns drivers face a disproportionate number of attacks, and it makes sense for this to be one of the initial trial locations”
 
“This has been a long battle, with our members collecting over 13,000 signatures on a petition for driver safety last year, and marching on TransLink to provide more safety on their routes”
 
“We know that rock-throwing attacks are some of the most common attacks that bus drivers face, and this will go a long way to ensuring driver safety”
 
The Get On Board campaign was launched in 2016 in response to a TWU Bus Safety Survey which identified that nearly every single bus driver had experienced some form of abuse at work.
 
The Bus Safety Review was announced in 2016 by then Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe, and expedited after the tragic death of Manmeet Alisher in Brisbane.
 
The TWU will continue to fight for better safety, pay, and conditions for bus drivers in Queensland.
 
ENDS
 
Media Contact: Tom Millroy 0411875910
 

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