Thursday, March 1, 2012

Qld:Union to inspect the books at Harker Transport

AAP General News (Australia)
Qld:Union to inspect the books at Harker Transport

Union officials are due to inspect the records of a Brisbane transport company today
after the jailing of one of its former drivers earlier this month.

Transport Workers Union Queensland branch secretary HUGHIE WILLIAMS says trucking companies
are still forcing their drivers to work long hours -- a practice that has led to deaths
and accidents.

Mr WILLIAMS says he and other union officials will visit Harker Transport this morning
to examine the company's books after the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission ruled
it should make records available.

The move follows the jailing earlier this month of 34-year-old driver DAVID FLIEDNER.

He was sentenced to three years' prison with a non-parole period of 12 months after
pleading guilty to two counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death.

The court was told he fell asleep and drove his semi-trailer into the stationary car
of two young people.

A spokesman for Harker Transport was not immediately available for comment.

AAP RTV rad/aa/rp


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