TWU's Tony Sheldon appointed to presidency role at ITF

TWU boss and Labor vice president plans to take safe rates campaign global.

TWU's Tony Sheldon appointed to presidency role at ITF
Tony Sheldon has been appointed the road transport president of the International Transport Workers Federation.


The Transport Workers Union’s (TWU) campaign to reform pay rates for truck drivers is going global.

TWU national secretary Tony Sheldon plans to use his appointment as the road transport president of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) to extend the TWU’s safe rates agenda internationally.

The ITF used this year’s congress – currently underway in Bulgaria – to appoint Sheldon to the position, which involves linking up with trade unions across the world to organise campaigns.

"We are taking the TWU’s safe rates campaign global. We must target the real employers in our industry. Often it’s not transport firms calling the shots," Sheldon, who is also the vice president of the Australian Labor Party, says.

"Our safe rates campaign holds big retailers responsible for truck drivers’ working conditions. Now we need to target the lead industry players globally."

The TWU’s safe rates campaign in Australia culminated in the creation of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT), which has the power to set rates and conditions for contractor and employee drivers.

TWU president Ray Wyatt says Sheldon will us his ITF role to work closely with unions across the world to give truck drivers a powerful voice on the international stage.

He says global supply chains and the transnational nature of many transport companies require a coordinated global response from trade unions.

NSW truck driver and TWU member Mark Trevillion says drivers throughout the world have the same issues with safety, client pressure and danger that drivers face in Australia.

"Some drive for the same big transport companies that we do and cart for the same international clients that we have here," he says.

The ITF is a global organisation representing more than 4.5 million transport workers in 700 trade unions in more than 150 countries worldwide.

The federation’s congress is its supreme decision making event and where affiliated trade unions are able to decide the course the organisation will take over the next four years.

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