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BUS SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENT GETS THUMBS UP FROM TWU


TWU QLD MEDIA RELEASE, 8 June 2018

The Transport Workers’ Union is today congratulating the Palaszczuk Labor Government on taking serious steps to address safety on public transport after listening to bus drivers across the state.

The Government has announced today a suite of measures including $3.93m for protective driver safety barriers to be installed in buses, $1.54m for anti-shatter window film installation on all Queensland buses and reinforcing contractual requirements for operators to provide onboard CCTV, duress and radio systems.

With nearly every single bus driver facing some form of abuse while on the job, the safety newly announced safety measures will go a long way to protecting these vital workers in the Queensland community.
 
Transport Workers’ Union Queensland Branch Secretary Peter Biagini has today backed in the announcement from the Palaszczuk Labor Government.
 
“We want to thank the Minister, Mark Bailey, and the Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, for listening to the concerns of our members across the state”
 
“Our industry survey showed that almost every single driver surveyed had experienced some sort of abuse on the job” said Biagini.
 
“Our members and delegates across Queensland collected over 13,000 signatures supporting bus driver safety, and now we’re seeing results from that hard work”
 
“Safety barriers, shatterproof glass, reinforcing policies and procedures and public awareness campaigns will hopefully bring some relief to these hardworking Queenslanders”
 
“Nobody deserves to go to work and know that there’s a good chance that they will be spat on, assaulted, abused or worse”
 
The Transport Workers’ Union will continue to work with drivers, bus operators, and the Government to improve safety for working Queenslanders.

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