Campaign Launch: KEEP FREIGHT ON AUSSIE TRAINS
The RTBU has launched Keep Freight on Aussie Trains, an online campaign pressuring the Federal Government to abandon its coastal shipping reforms.
A Federal Transport Department proposal to make it easier foreign-flagged ships to compete for freight transport work are being pursued quietly at departmental level, with a view to sneaking them through without scrutiny. They pose a significant threat to the future of intermodal rail freight, and will lead to more freight being moved off trains and onto foreign-flagged ships. This could see intermodal services being undercut by exploited seafarers earning as little as $7 an hour.
10,000 jobs are on the line, including many in regional Australia, and the future of intermodal (containerised) rail freight is in jeopardy!
We’ve already put forward a submission to government, but the fight doesn’t end there. We need your support to get our campaign over the line and stop this proposal in its tracks.
We’re very confident that with a bit of pressure, we can successfully reach out with common sense and good reason to get the Deputy Prime Minister to rule out the proposed changes.
OUR SOLIDARITY IS OUR STRENGTH!