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Candidate Line Up To Sign TWU Pollie Pledge

Release date: 26/03/2015

Transport Workers’ Union NSW Secretary Michael Aird has welcomed the support of Labor, Independent and Greens electoral candidates across NSW who have committed to standing up for transport workers and transport families if elected on Saturday.
 
TWU NSW MEDIA RELEASE, 26 March 2015

Mr Aird said the TWU had approached candidates from all sides of politics asking them to sign the TWU Pollie Pledge and commit to supporting key issues as identified by members.
 
“Transport workers keep this state moving and they deserve to know where their local candidates stand on the issues that matter,” Mr Aird said.
 
“I’m really pleased that 33 candidates from the Labor Party, the Greens and the Independent ranks have already pledged to stand up for transport workers.
 
Mr Aird said that when TWU members head out to vote on Saturday they would be able to know who has signed the pledge and who has not.
 
“It’s disappointing that Liberal and National Party candidates don’t seem to think that safety, decent pay or job security are issues worth signing up to,” Mr Aird said.
 
Campbelltown truck driver Steve Newton said the pledge was a good way for transport workers to identify which MPs were prepared to stand up for transport workers and which weren’t.
 
“As a truck driver I have the most dangerous job in the country. We need MPs who will fight for a safer transport industry, because everyone should get to come home safely to their family after a hard day’s work,” Mr Newton said.
 
The TWU pledge asked candidates to commit to:
 
  • Supporting and protecting a system of Safe Rates for all transport workers, specifically NSW owner driver laws known as Chapter VI;
  • Supporting job security and decent jobs for bus drivers by making continuity of employment and improved pay and conditions a legal requirement in any successful bus tender;
  • Fighting for improved safety for bus and taxi drivers by providing education;
  • and training that provides for conflict resolution, self-defence training and support services to assist drivers in the aftermath of a traumatic incident; and,
  • Supporting a charter of guaranteed safety standards, worker protections and best practice industrial agreements that all tenderers for Government procurement contracts must adhere to.
 
A full list of all candidates that have signed the pledge so far is also listed below:
 
 Electorate
Party
Candidate
Ballina
Labor
Paul Spooner
Blue Mountains
Labor
Trish Doyle
Campbelltown
Labor
Greg Warren
Coffs Harbour
Labor
June Smith
Coogee
Labor
Paul Pearce
Cootamundra
Labor
Charlie Sheahan
Davidson
Labor
Douglas McQuintan
Drummoyne
Labor
Jason Khoury
Keira
Labor
Ryan Park
Lake Macquarie
Labor
Melissa Clarke
Londonderry
Labor
Prue Carr
Liverpool
Labor
Paul Lynch
Maitland
Labor
Jenny Aitchison
Maroubra
Labor
Michael Daley
Mt Druitt
Labor
Edmond Atalla
Mulgoa
Labor
Todd Carney
Murray
Country Labor
Max Buljubasic
Newtown
Labor
Penny Sharpe
Oatley
Labor
O’Bray Smith
Port Stephens
Labor
Kate Washington
Prospect
Labor
Hugh McDermott
Strathfield
Labor
Jodie McKay
Sydney
Labor
Edwina Lloyd
Sydney
Independent
Alex Greenwich
Tamworth
Independent
Peter Draper
The Entrance
Labor
David Meehan
Upper House
Greens
David Shoebridge
Upper House
Greens
John Kaye
Vaulcuse
Labor
Gloria Nicol
Wallsend
Labor
Sonia Hornery
Wollongong
Labor
Noreen Hay
Wyong
Labor
David Harris
 
 

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