The following statement can be attributed to Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) Assistant National Secretary Shayne Kummerfeld.
Rail workers across the country are shattered by the tragic fatal collision at Bindarrah today.The two workers killed were highly-respected members of the rail industry, and one was a long-standing RTBU Delegate from Pacific National’s Port Augusta depot.
They were active members of the Port Augusta community and local sporting clubs.
The RTBU sends its deepest condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of the two workers. They will be dearly missed.
This is an extraordinarily sad way to end 2023.
All workers have the right to go to work and come safely at the end of their shift.
Today’s tragic incident underscores the urgent need to improve Australia’s rail safety regime.
We note that the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has already commenced an investigation into the incident. We also note that - after lobbying from the RTBU – Federal, State and Territory Transport Ministers have agreed to conduct a review of the Rail Safety National Law.
Our immediate concerns, however, are with the families of the workers killed, and the wellbeing of their colleagues at Port Augusta.
We will be working with Pacific National to make sure all members are provided with the support they need in this incredibly difficult time.