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Truck operators keep it calm at Port Botany despite protests

RFNSW has joined operators in calling for protests to not impact usual freight operations at Port Botany

Peak body Road Freight NSW (RFNSW) has called on the organisers of a recent planned protest at Port Botany to ensure that trucking operators can continue completing their job at the terminal.

RFNSW combined with operators to call for protesters to allow companies to deliver and pick-up cargo from terminals throughout the day.

RFNSW CEO Simon O’Hara says RFNSW members had raised concerns about the protest hosted by the Trade Unionists for Palestine, saying it would disrupt freight operations and impact supply chains in the lead-up to the busy Christmas delivery period.

Police had previously been called into the Port of Melbourne following demonstrations.

“While we support free speech and the democratic right to protest, we think it’s really unfair that truckies are caught in the middle of these demonstrations,” O’Hara says.

“After all, they’re just trying to do their job, working on a Saturday, driving in and out of the port to keep freight moving. Any type of blockade at Port Botany, like we saw happen in Melbourne, would only hurt NSW trucking operators – disrupting crucial deliveries and supply chains across Sydney and the whole state.”

O’Hara says the body agrees with NSW premier Chris Minns, who said “living in a free country doesn’t mean you can walk down to the port and stop lawful trade between Australia and its trading partners around the world”.

“Our RFNSW members are already bracing themselves for a price increase of more than 38 per cent in port access surcharges in the new year, the last thing they need now is another disruption to their operations,” O’Hara says.

“Any blockade of access roads at the port would have significant implications for truckies and their customers across the community.”

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