Solutions to the crisis across the transport industry, including low pay, poor conditions, mental health risks and high injury and fatalities rates, will be a focus of the Transport Workers’ Union National Council in Freemantle next week.

A mental health initiative will be unveiled on Monday while on Thursday a road safety campaigners group will launched, involving family members of people who have died in truck crashes. Also on Thursday, there will be full day of sessions on the future of work for transport workers in the new economy.

Keynote speeches during the week will include State Premier Mark McGowan, Labor Party infrastructure spokesman Anthony Albanese, ACTU Secretary Sally McManus and TWU National Secretary Tony Sheldon.

“There are many problems facing our industry today, from exploitation of airport workers to high deaths and injuries among road transport workers. Our National Council will be making recommendations on what needs to be done to tackle them,” said TWU National Secretary Tony Sheldon.

Media enquiries: Judith Crosbie 0432552895

TWU National council Programme:
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle Marine Terrace & Essex St, Fremantle WA 6160

Monday May 15
11.30am: Mental Health initiative launch

Tuesday May 16
9.30am Keynote speech: TWU National Secretary Tony Sheldon
10am Message from: Labour Party leader Bill Shorten

Thursday May 18
9.10am road safety campaigners group launch by Senator Glenn Sterle

Future of Work Sessions
9.40am Tony Sheldon on the new economy and transport workers
10am address by Dr. Jim Stanford, economist and director of the Centre for Future Work, at the Australia Institute
10.45am Responses: Education and training. Scott Connolly, ACTU assistant secretary, Robert Adams, Australian Industry Standards, Prof Victor Gekara of RMIT
11.30am keynote address by Labour Party infrastructure spokesman Anthony Albanese
11.50am Responses: regulation. Senator Glenn Sterle, NSW Labour Party MP Daniel Mookhey, Tony Sheldon
1pm Responses: campaigning Sally McManus ACTU
1.20pm Responses: UK food delivery riders give their perspective
1.45pm Responses: trade union Sam Russell (Deliveroo rider), Scott Connolly (ACTU, Mark Morey (Unions NSW)

6.30pm Keynote addresses WA State Premier Mark McGowan, Sally McManus ACTU. Award to be given to road safety campaigners Lisa Sawyer, Lystra Tagliaferri and Suzanne de Beer, whose brother and husbands were killed in a truck crash in WA in 2011

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