Hundreds of transport workers rolled into Rosehill today to tell the supermarket giants they weren’t going to keep trucking under current conditions.
About 700 delegates of the Transport Workers Union attended the conference at Rosehill Racecourse to call for better conditions from Coles.
Guildford truck driver Euan Scott-Bell has been one of the union’s leading voices in the campaign for better conditions for more than 10 years.
He dedicated himself to fighting for more reasonable deadlines and pay conditions after the deaths of two close mates in road accidents, he said.
‘‘I had a couple of mates who died,’’ he told the conference, ‘‘they were always being pushed by contractors or bosses.’’
‘‘That’s what really spurred me to start the safe rates campaign.’’
Mr Scott-Bell said contractors pushing drivers to meet unrealistic deadlines was the primary reason some drivers took risks on the road.
The union campaign he worked on resulted in the Road Safety Remuneration Bill being passed in both houses of federal Parliament earlier this year.
But the driver of 30 years' experience said contractors still hadn’t adjusted their supply chains to make the industry safer.
The 700 people in attendance at the conference took a group pledge to donate blood or money to the Red Cross in honour those who had lost their lives on the road.