Tipper drivers bring city to a standstill« Back to News Articles
- Owner Drivers
- 27th January 2012
In Perth last week 50 tipper truck drivers brought the city business district to a standstill when they staged a go-slow in convoy from the Causeway to Parliament House.
The drivers were protesting against the cutthroat state of the building and construction industry which is sending many of them to the wall.
The owner-drivers say industry pay rates have dropped and drivers are regularly going broke with increasing fuel, registration and truck maintenance costs.
The TWU has been attempting to negotiate with the four biggest earth-moving contractors for the past six months.
However they maintain developers, construction firms and the state government have driven down rates to the point where they are no longer viable.
Their situation has become so dire the owner operators say they are struggling to find money to cover the cost of maintaining their trucks.
Many of them cannot afford to replace bald tyres or fix worn out brakes.
This is creating a major safety hazard on our roads.
"If you have a 40 tonne vehicle travelling down the road and the trucks aren't safe the potential for tragedies is enormous," said TWU organiser Tim Dawson.
The TWU is in the process of taking its dispute with the heavy haulage firms to the Road Freight Tribunal. (12 July 2011)