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The Transport Workers Union (TWU) has described a strike organised by some truck drivers as a fizzer.
The National Road Transport Forum and the Australian Long Distance Owners and Drivers Association voted to hold a two-week nationwide strike, because of anger about rising fuel costs, registration fees and low wages.
TWU head Tony Sheldon has described both organisations as fringe groups, and says only a small number of truck drivers are taking part in the action.
He says he understands the frustrations of the drivers, but does not support their industrial action.
"It may be a fizzer in terms of numbers, but it is successful in one sense that it is that it has highlighted the critical issues and pressures on truck drivers," he said.
"There is a better way of going about it, but again the drivers have made a very clear view, and as we have consistently said over the last seven months from the previous government, there is a need for a national safe rates system and the Government has now announced that it will bring one in."
Pub With No Beer
Meanwhile, there are concerns that the iconic song Pub With No Beer, made famous by Slim Dusty, could see history repeated due to the trucking shutdown.
The song tells the story of US tourists drinking Lee's Hotel dry at Ingham in north Queensland in the 1940s.
Publican Mark Doyle says he has ordered extra supplies just in case deliveries do not get through for a while.
"We are very concerned about the truckie strike of course, and we have stocked up a little bit more than what we normally would," he said.
"Just so that we don't have the story re-written about the Lee's Hotel... We may have to go and revert back to the warm wine again and just sit in the corner sobbing and writing more poems."
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