TWU and Transdev Get on Board White Ribbon Campaign

Release date: 25/11/2014

The Transport Workers’ Union of NSW and leading public transport operator Transdev have come together to support the White Ribbon campaign, launching a bus emblazoned with the message that violence against women is never ok.
TWU NSW MEDIA RELEASE, 25 November 2014

TWU NSW secretary elect Michael Aird said that TWU members were proud to support the White Ribbon campaign and swear never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women.
"Violence against women is never ok and we are proud to stand up and say it, “Mr. Aird said.
“We want our support and advocacy of this campaign to unite all men, not just in transport but across the entire country, to tackle this growing epidemic,” Michael said.
Deputy General Manager of Transdev NSW Len Kidd said domestic violence was not acceptable.
“Violence is not acceptable on our buses or in our community. We are proud to be helping to spread this message,” said Len.
Nova 96.9 newsreader and White Ribbon ambassador Matt De Grout officially launched the White Ribbon Day bus bearing his image and led drivers in the swearing of the White Ribbon oath.
“White Ribbon is about education and spreading a message – that violence against women is never ok,” Matt said.
“I’m not here to preach, but I am here to say that if you see domestic violence, speak out. As men, we need to change the way we approach other men who disrespect women and let them know that it’s not acceptable.”
Transdev bus driver and TWU delegate Suresh Chan said the White Ribbon campaign was a great initiative that challenged people to “get on board” and speak out about behaviour and attitudes that put women at risk.
“As drivers, all too often we see instances of inappropriate behaviour or violence on our buses,” Suresh said.
“Being part of this campaign is important to drivers as it sends a clear message - not only do we support ending violence against women, but we are prepared to speak out on the bus and to take this message out onto the streets.”

The White Ribbon Bus campaign is jointly sponsored by the Transport Workers Union NSW and Transdev NSW, in partnership with Moove Media.
Both organisations are committed to promoting the message to members, staff and commuters.

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