This past week there was a truck protest against the government changing coal suppliers and insisting on independent contractors. The truck drivers obviously didn’t like this and have organized a “drive slow” along the highway which has caused a lot of aggravation for the public.

The government has stated that coal power is unsustainable and needs to be phased out in the near future. This I agree with. 

The truck drivers don’t like this and don’t understand that there are other opportunities. Instead of blocking the highway and frustrating and harming other motorists why don’t they see the other opportunities that may come available to them?

Life is all about change. Experts are saying that in the next few years 47% of all human jobs will become obsolete in the next few years and will be taken over by computers or robots.

Almost every working human being will be forced to change jobs and thus learn new skills in the next few years.

The ones that are prepared to get out of their comforts zones and work hard but most importantly learn are sure to succeed. It is not possible to stop technological progress.

120 years ago, it was moving from the horse and cart to learning how to drive a car. What did people want back then a “horseless car.”!

I wonder if the horse and cart drivers blocked the entrance to the car companies 120 years ago, to protest that they would soon be unemployed?

Accountants had to move from the manual calculator to Microsoft Excel, nowadays there will be a move from coal to renewable energy. The truck drivers will have had to start learning how to transport solar panels, inverters and fragile cable in a responsible manner.

It is not possible to stop progress and technological advancement. Coal is outdated and will stop being the used to power, Power Stations.

Google is developing driverless cars which surely will also mean driverless trucks.

What are the truck drivers going to do then? Protest outside Google because they are not needed anymore? Because computers have taken over their jobs and computers can drive and deliver goods.

In conclusion protest is a fact of life and if you are being attacked or persecuted then protest.

You are not going to be able to stop progress or change the course of the future. People need to learn new skills and competencies in order to be prepared for the future. 

 


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04/22/2017 10:32am

Truck drivers should be given the chance to fair and equal pay. I can understand why they would protest in the first place. They don't have an easy job, and there is no one to blame for that. The best thing they can do is to come up with a labor union, or go and protest their mistreatment. I do hope that the issue can be resolved and no violence can be avoided.

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10/13/2017 11:13pm

I think truck drivers are one of the best people in the world. I can only imagine how difficult it is mentally to drive a truck. There are so many lives at stake. This does not only include how to avoid road accidents. Their cargo needs to arrive on time without delay. It can make or break any situation. I think they should be heard once in while. Their needs should be addressed so they can no longer cause inconvenience for everyone and cause traffic.

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09/23/2017 12:51pm

Do you support their protest? I won't blame you if you do. It's totally okay.

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10/15/2017 11:37pm

I think they have their right to protest. They are in a pretty bad situation right now.

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