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July 20, 2022

How you can support Safe Rates

The urgent case for Safe Rates

Last year, a Senate Inquiry into Road Transport made 10 recommendations to make road transport safer and fairer, including urgent reform in trucking to protect workers, businesses and road users.

These recommendations provide a blueprint to save trucking jobs, businesses and lives. First and foremost, there must be a powerful standard-setting body that can:

  • Set fair standards
  • Hold clients to account to ensure fairer and safer contracts
  • Ensure payments are made on time
  • Protect the rights of all drivers (owner and employee)
  • Ensure voices of all drivers are heard

This must be accompanied by improvements to vital rest areas, universal licensing and training, and proper investigation and reporting into truck crashes in order to save lives, as part of a holistic Safe Rates package.

With the Amazon Effect smashing good, secure jobs in transport and creating deadly pressures throughout the supply chain, these reforms must be an urgent national priority.

Road transport is an industry in crisis.

In 2016, the former Coalition Government shut down the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal. Since then, the deadly pressures in what is already Australia’s deadliest industry have increased exponentially.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read the Without Trucks, Australia Stops report to see the full recommendations that will save trucking jobs, businesses and lives, especially a standard-setting body that can set standards and lift pay and conditions for all workers.

Show your support for truck drivers

  • Use the hashtags #SafeRates and #SafeRatesSaveLives on social media to share your support for a safer and fairer road transport industry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 2. Download one of these solidarity signs to post to social media

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  • Post a video to to your social media channels in support of Safe Rates to save lives on our roads

 

Looking for more info?

  • This 2021 survey revealed horrific pressures on drivers to drive fatigued, skip rest breaks, delay vital truck maintenance and speed
  • This expose by ABC on Amazon Flex reveals the precarious work practices, low rates of pay and lack of workplace rights or entitlements at the company

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