Safety Summit To Examine Deadly Practices In Road Transport

Release date: 19/05/2015

A safety summit examining the reasons why trucking is Australia’s deadliest profession will be held this week in Melbourne.

The summit, organised by the Transport Workers’ Union, will take place on Thursday 21st May and will involve testimony from family members of people killed in truck crashes now campaigning for safer practices, a police inspector who investigates drugs in trucking and the RMS which investigates trucks crashes.
The crisis in the transport industry which sees truck drivers 15 times more likely to die than any other profession will be the focus of the summit.
Panelists will include Det Insp Bernie Rankin, head of Victoria Police’s transport investigations unit, and Lystra Tagliaferri and Lisa Sawyer, the wife and sister of David Tagliaferri who was killed in 2011 by a driver whose truck had drifted off the road.
Other safety summit panelists include Professor Mark Stevenson from Melbourne University, who has examined key risk factors for drivers, Ingilby Dickson of steel producer Bluescope, Steve Ronson of the Fair Work Ombudsman, Paul Endycott of the NSW Roads and Maritime Services, and James Williams of the National Transport Commission.
The summit is part of the TWU’s national council which brings together the five branches and the national office to discuss progress on campaigns and strategies for the future.
On Wednesday 20th May, the national council will involve a discussion on superannuation with David Whiteley, chief executive of Industry Super, Paul Sayer, chief executive of TWUSUPER, TWU National Secretary Tony Sheldon and ACTU Assistant Secretary Scott Connolly.
Bishop Terence Brady of the Archdiocese of Sydney, and Mohammad Elrafihi, former member of the board of the Islamic Council of Victoria will lead a discussion on the role of faith in the labour movement and social justice campaigning.
There will also be a discussion on Wednesday on trading freely but working fairly, involving ACTU President Ged Kearney, Senator John Madigan, Clare O’Neil MP, Tony Sheldon and Michael Cooney of the Chifley Centre.
Wednesday 20 May
9.15am: Industry super: the challenges and opportunities
David Whiteley chief executive Industry Super Australia, Paul Sayer, chief executive TWU SUPER, Tony Sheldon TWU National Secretary, Scott Connolly Assistant Secretary ACTU.
10.15am: Role of faith in labor movement and social justice campaigning.
Hon John Waters (chair), Bishop Terry Brady, Mohamed Elrafihi, former member of the Board of the Islamic Council of Victoria
11.15am: Can we trade freely but still work fairly?
Jimmy Hoffa, President US Teamsters (video message), Michael Cooney, Chifley Centre (chair); Clare O’Neil MP, Ged Kearney, President of ACTU, Independent Senator John Madigan, Tony Sheldon TWU, Stephen Koukoulas, research fellow at Per Capita
* Rest of Wednesday open to members only
Thursday 21 May – Safety Summit
10.00am – Opening by TWU President Ray Wyatt, introduction by Assistant National Secretary Michael Kaine
10.15am – The Impact of Road Transport on the community
Panelists include Lystra Tagliaferri & Lisa Sawyer, road safety campaigners and family members of David Tagliaferri who died in truck crash; Det Insp Bernie Rankin, Victoria Police transport investigations unit; Cameron Dunn, managing director of FBT Transwest; Driver delegate (NSW/SA); Jason Thompson, Monash university
11.30am – Why Supply Chains Matter
Speakers include: Dr Michael Rawling, UTS Law School; Steven Ronson, Executive Director Dispute Resolution and Compliance, FWO; Ingilby Dickson, General Manager Supply Chain, Bluescope; Dr Howard Morris, Australian Strategy team, Safe Work Australia
12.45pm – Lunchtime address by President of Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal Jennifer Acton – (Introduction by Michael Kaine)
1.30 pm – Responses to Supply Chain Safety
Dr Michael Rawling of UTS Law School to facilitate session with Tony Wilks, General Manger IR, Toll Group; Paul Endycott, General Manager Compliance Operations, RMS; James Williams, Policy Manager Compliance and Technology NTC; Chris Brooks, Woolworths; Russell Greenland Manager Metro Transport Safety, VicRoads
3pm – Working towards sustainable solutions to the crisis
Facilitated discussion with Chris Brooks National Transport Manager, Woolworths; Paul Walsh, Manager Training Packages, Transport & Logistics Industry Skills Council; Paul Endycott, General Manager of Compliance Operations Roads and Maritime Services.
3.45pm: Closing remarks Tony Sheldon

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