Nationwide truck stoppage planned

Unsatisfied with the new fatigue management laws and increased charges, truck drivers are planning to hold a nation-wide shutdown.

Over 150 truck drivers from across NSW and Queensland held a crisis meeting in Toowoomba, and voted on an action to halt the transport industry.

Drivers are enraged over an increase in registration and excise charges, along with new fatigue management laws that can make drivers lose demerit points, organiser Mick Pattell told the ABC.

A livestock driver, Mr Pattell said drivers were disappointed by the trucking unions who did not adequately advocate their rights.

”They [unions] should be fighting for us on our behalf and they are not doing this,” he said.

”I should not be having to do this.”

With the shutdown set to commence on July 28, Mr Pattell said more meetings will be held in the coming weeks to make the shutdown nationwide.

Transport Workers Union Queensland branch secretary Hughie Williams said the organisation was doing everything in its power to assist truck drivers and they need to resort to the union.

“By holding a meeting on the side of a road or in a paddock is just not going to change things,” Mr Williams told AAP.

“All these people are doing is creating a detriment for themselves and if they want to help they should be working with us.”



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