TWU summit to focus on safety in the trucking industry


Union event will bring together industry, government and academia to discuss safety in the trucking industry.

TWU summit to focus on safety in the trucking industry
TWU national secretary Tony Sheldon will be among the speakers at the union's truck safety summit.

 

The Transport Workers Union (TWU) will next week host a summit to discuss safety in the trucking industry and what can be done to improve it.

The event, which coincides with the TWU’s National Council, will be held in Melbourne on May 21 and bring together representatives from government, industry and academia.

The day-long gathering will cover four areas: the impact of road transport on the community, why supply chains matter, supply chain safety, and developing solutions to safety risks.

"The safety summit on May 21 will involve panel discussions on the impact of road transport safety on drivers, their families and communities, what the regulatory and enforcement responses are and achieving a solution to the crisis," a statement from the TWU says.

Key representatives taking part include detective inspector Bernie Rankin from Victoria Police’s transport investigations unit, Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) general manager for compliance Paul Endycott, Toll industrial relations manager Tony Wilks and FBT Transwest managing director Cameron Dunn.

There will also be representatives from Woolworths, the Fair Work Ombudsman, VicRoads and Safe Work Australia.

Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) president Jennifer Acton will address attendees, along with TWU national secretary Tony Sheldon.

The TWU National Council runs from May 18 to 21 and is an annual meeting of the five branches of the TWU and the national office to discuss the progress of campaigns and brainstorm future activities.

"There will be discussions on campaigning through the political process, superannuation, workplace laws and the role of religion in the union movement campaign," the TWU says.

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