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Australian Truck Drivers Promise To 'Shut The Country Down' During Mass Strike

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Australian Truck Drivers Promise To 'Shut The Country Down' During Mass Strike

A group of rogue truck drivers are promising to 'shut the country' down during a mass strike.

The collective is protesting against lockdown restrictions and vaccine mandates, according to News Corp and Daily Mail Australia.

They want to block 'every highway entering into every state at the same time' on August 31.

One bloke said truckies are sick of being constantly tested for the coronavirus, as well as navigating the strict interstate border rules while keeping to their delivery deadlines.

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He warned in a video posted online: "It's on. The truckies are doing it. The truckies are going to shut down the country; what that means is you need to go shopping now, get what you can for the next week or two, load your fridge, freezers.

"The truckies are coming and they are going to pull this country down and we are all going to do it together and remove this s**t government. I'm in."

They have forewarned they plan to block major highways and disrupt supply chains across the country to show how vital it is that their concerns are aired.

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NSW Police are aware of the planned demonstration and they have will be enforcing Operation STAY AT HOME to ensure everyone is sticking to the rules.

The Transport Workers Union is distancing itself from the mass protest and doesn't support their rogue form of protest.

However, TWU national secretary Michael Kaine told NCA NewsWire empathised with their situation.

"Truckies have been the backbone of the Covid response, dealing with border chaos and closed roadhouses," Mr Kaine said.

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"They are angry for a legitimate reason. The current testing regimen forces them to wait many hours, eating into already scarce time that should be used to earn an income.

"By now, the federal government really should have built a more flexible and rapid testing regimen that recognises the reality of long-haul trucking."

This rogue protest will be conducted as a separate and massive TWU-approved strike this Friday (August 27).

Up to 7,000 truckies are planning to walk off the job for 24 hours after enterprise bargaining agreement talks failed.

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Discussions between the union and five major transport companies collapsed earlier this week and now truck drivers are taking matters into their own hands.

Toll, which is one of Australia's largest transport operators, was under pressure to give truckies more job security and avoid hiring lower paid contractors.

They were also only offering workers an annual pay increase of 2 per cent, while they were calling for a 3 per cent jump.

Featured Image Credit: Toll

Topics: Australia

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