TWU CALLS OUT TURNBULL AND LAZARUS FOR COMMITTING TO SCRAP SAFETY

The Transport Workers’ Union is today calling out the outrageous plans for the Turnbull Government to scrap the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal with the help of crossbench Senators.


With many crossbench Senators committing to abolishing the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT), the Transport Workers’ Union (Queensland Branch) is today calling on those Senators to reconsider their positions.

Peter Biagini, TWU QLD Secretary will be travelling to Canberra today in order to meet with crossbench Senators and officials from the TWU all across Australia, accompanied by delegates from a variety of industries that are covered by the RSRT.

“There has been a lot of one-sided debate around this most recent Order” said Mr Biagini. “We acknowledge that there are some issues with it, which is why the TWU has applied for the Order to be delayed until January 2017 in order to work these issues out”

The Road Transport and Distribution and Long Distance Operations Road Safety Remuneration Order 2014 set out a variety of conditions for employees engaged in transport for supermarket or long-distance operations.

These conditions include provisions for payment time within 30 days of a received invoice for contractor drivers, written contracts for road transport drivers  (which may be in an electronic format), mandatory safe driving plans for drivers, mandatory training in work health and safety, mandatory drug and alcohol policies, dispute resolution and adverse conduct protection.

“If the Tribunal is scrapped then truck drivers will be incredibly worse off – this is exactly what the big operators want and they’ve done a great job of running this scare campaign” continued Mr Biagini. “The great work that the Tribunal has already done is largely being ignored by the Government and Senators who just want to keep this scare campaign alive”

“Maybe these Senators like Glenn Lazarus should actually see the bigger picture here, instead of charging blindly into a decision, and maintaining a position, that will ultimately cost lives”

ENDS

Media enquiries: Tom Millroy, 0411875910

Notes:

The RSRT has the power to inquire into practices in the road transport industry, including holding major clients like Coles to account for how their business practices affect safety throughout the supply chain.

It began operating in July 2012

The RSRT is able to make orders on:

  • Minimum remuneration for employee drivers and owner-drivers  
  • Industry practices for loading and unloading vehicles, waiting times, working hours, load limits, payment methods and payment periods
  • Ways of reducing or removing remuneration-related incentives, pressures and practices that contribute to unsafe work practices.

So far it has begun inquiries into five sectors: retail and long distance; oil, fuel and gas; cash-in-transit; waste; and port and wharf sector.

It has made an important order requiring truck drivers to be paid within 30 days

Last December it issued a ruling setting down minimum safe rates for drivers in retail and long-distance

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