Shearer calls on TWU to ‘get real’ over safety

SARTA executive director Steve Shearer has accused the Transport Workers Union of plunging the RSRT into disarray, leading to its ultimate collapse

Shearer calls on TWU to ‘get real’ over safety
Steve Shearer says the TWU is concerned only about rates, not safety.


In a letter to Owner//Driver, South Australian Road Transport Association executive director Steve Shearer has taken aim at the Transport Workers Union, and Tony Sheldon in particular, for peddling misinformation about Safe Rates.

"It is high time that this ridiculous debate be brought into reality to focus on the real issues and find effective solutions," Shearer states in the letter.

"It has been a constant steam of lies and deception from the TWU that plunged the RSRT [Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal] into disarray and ultimately into collapse and Tony Sheldon needs to take all the credit for that."

Shearer refers to Tony Sheldon’s column on page 21 of Owner//Driver’s July edition.

"Instead of dealing with the facts, facts which were again reported in your article in the same issue on Minister Darren Chester's comments on safety, Tony just keeps peddling the farcical and false Safe Rates arguments.

"His article of 849 words contains just three words on actual safety. The other 846 words are about rates, pay rates and wage rates and it is littered with comments about operators needing to be able to support their families and wanting appropriate wages," Shearer writes.

"The great bulk of the industry agrees that people ought to be paid appropriately and fairly, including bodies that fought hard against the ineffective and damaging Safe Rates and the farcical RSRT."

In the letter Shearer also questions if the TWU is so focussed on safety why has it failed to attend 90 per cent of the meetings of the ATA Council.

"And why has it not put forward one single genuine safety initiative in that forum, which includes all the key industry bodies, over the past five years?"

To read Steve Shearer’s letter in full, see the August 2016 edition of Owner//Driver.

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