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NSW: Truckies protest in Sydney for safety

Release date: 16/05/2012

SYDNEY, May 16 AAP - Truck drivers and union supporters have staged their second protest in a week in Sydney to demand improved safety on the roads.

AAP Newswire, Australia

Protesters performed a dance routine outside a Coles supermarket in Pyrmont as they called for big retailers to take responsibility for safety on the roads and stop putting undue pressure on drivers.

 

"Coles has led the way in market pressures," said TWU national secretary Tony Sheldon. "Someone pays a price, and it's the community with all these deaths." Government statistics showed truck-related fatalities cost $2.8 million every year, he said. Coles insists it takes safety very seriously and denies it is forcing drivers into unsafe or illegal practices. About 30 protesters rallied around a Coles supermarket in Sydney's CBD last Thursday, calling for retailers to be held to account for dangerous driving practices. AAP nv/jjs/jl

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