Posted: 9 November, 2016 by @amydrewsnews

Australia's Giving Thanks To Our Public Transport Workers

Pic: Melissa Owens

 

Commuters across Australia are being encouraged to say "thank you" to bus, train, tram, taxi and ferry drivers today on the first National Day of Respect for public transport workers.

The day is a mark of respect for Manmeet Alisher, the Indian-born Brisbane bus driver who was killed in a deliberate fire attack at Moorooka last month.

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) and the Transport Workers Union (TWU) have asked that commuters acknowledge the day, and just say a simple ‘thank you’ to public transport workers.

“Even the simple act of saying thank you to your driver can make a difference, and will be appreciated."

Unions are also using the day to highlight the continuing need to tackle unacceptable levels of violence and anti-social behaviour on public transport.

Here's some of the events taking place across the country today:

BRISBANE - A MINUTE'S SILENCE FOR MANMEET ALISHER AT LUXWORTH PLACE, BEAUDESERT RD, MOOROOKA, FROM 11AM.

SYDNEY - DAY OF RESPECT COMMUTER ACTION, RAILWAY SQUARE BUS INTERCHANGE, BROADWAY, FROM 830AM.

MELBOURNE - RALLY IN SUPPORT OF MANMEET ALISHER, EIGHT HOUR DAY MONUMENT, FROM 11AM.

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