Trucks hit picketers, says union
Release date: 17/02/2011
Two men and a woman suffered minor injuries when a 4½-tonne truck and a prime mover were driven through a picket line of striking TNT truck drivers in Sydney's inner west yesterday, their union says.
Paul Bibby, Sydney Morning Herald
During a day of high tension at TNT's Enfield site, two picketers were handing out flyers to contract drivers not involved in the strike when one truck accelerated unexpectedly, the Transport Workers Union said.
The two picketers suffered bumps and bruises but did not require hospital treatment.
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Another was injured and a parked car damaged when a prime mover drove through the picket line, the union said.
''It was a peaceful protest - we were standing in the driveway going into the site,'' one picketer who asked to remain anonymous said.
''This guy was stopped before us. He started revving and then he just took off. There was contact with me and another guy. He would have known he hit me, but he didn't stop - went like a jack-rabbit down the driveway.''
The union said another driver working for a company contracted to TNT told the picketers his boss had instructed him to ''run them over''.
TNT denied any of its contracted drivers had engaged in violent behaviour. ''Police attended the scene at Enfield and no injuries were reported to them,'' a company spokesman said.
Up to 1500 TNT drivers across the country took part in the 24-hour strike, over stalled workplace agreement negotiations.
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