Truckers Union Blocks Sydney Thoroughfare

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SYDNEY, Aug. 25 (UPI) — Hundreds of union officials representing truckers and bus drivers stopped traffic on a major thoroughfare Thursday in Australia’s largest city.

The protest in the Sydney district of Rose Hill was aimed at working conditions, The Daily Telegraph of Sydney reported. The shop stewards, who had been attending a conference at the Rose Hill Racecourse,

took a break to block the six-lane road outside.

They called for national safety legislation. The demonstration broke up without further incident when police arrived.

“We apologize to drivers for the traffic disruptions, and ask the community to join us in our campaign for Safe Rates: to stop the 300 plus deaths each year in heavy vehicle accidents and make our roads safer for all families who use them,” said Wayne Forno, New South Wales secretary of the Transport Workers Union. “Australian truck drivers are pushed to the limit, forced into working conditions of up to 80 hours per week, 30 of those unpaid — so that greedy retail clients can grow richer.”

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