Australian truckers could strike in protest of fuel costs

| 6/27/2008

The head of the trucker’s union in Australia says his members are prepared to go on strike if something isn’t done soon about soaring diesel fuel prices.

ABC News reported that a group of drivers and union officials gathered outside Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday, June 24, to lobby for a national system of higher rates to offset fuel costs. Currently, truck drivers absorb the cost of rising fuel rather than the clients who hire them to transport goods.

Tony Sheldon of the Transport Workers Union said thousands of small trucking operations are “at the knife’s edge of collapsing.” And he said it’s become a safety issue because many truckers can no longer afford proper upkeep on their trucks.