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The TWU says the Queensland Government needs to act after more driver assaults

The Transport Workers Union (TWU) is calling on the Queensland Governments to act in the interest of public transport drivers after two more assaults against two bus drivers this week.

The assaults took place in the Gold Coast and Capalaba, on Brisbane’s eastern outskirts.

One of the drivers was king hit before being dragged off the bus and kicked.                                                                                                                             TWU State Secretary Peter Biagini says the government is continuing to turn a blind eye.

"This is a state-wide problem that is not confined to the early hours of the morning," he says.

"If this State Government cared for the public and supported those who provide important community services, they would act before it’s too late."

Biagini says drivers are leaving the industry because they don’t know if it’s going to be them who don’t make it home at the end of the day.

"There are a number of ways for the State Government to help our drivers get home safely at the end of the day," he says.

"Duress alarms, security screens, security and training are all physical solutions.

"Harsher penalties to match those who assault police doing their job will also help curb these robberies and assaults."


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