While many Australians got to enjoy a long weekend with family over Easter, truck drivers didn’t stop working. The Transport Workers’ Union was at the RSRT hearings, keeping up the fight for Safe Rates. The Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal held hearings over Easter to hear submissions regarding the Contractor Driver Minimum Payments Road Safety Remuneration Order 2016 (the Order).
“What we’ve seen over the last few months from groups like NatRoads is some sort of faux outrage at being caught unawares by this order” said Mr Biagini. “The fact of the matter is that this Order has been a two year process, and at no point has NatRoad come out to say anything until now”
“The Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal was set up to ensure better safety on our roads and for NatRoads to come along, throwing their hands in the air and saying ‘we’re not ready’ – saying that they’ve somehow been caught unawares is just disgraceful – the tribunal has published draft orders, everything’s been public and transparent. NatRoad should be supporting those who they claim to represent by supporting the efforts of the tribunal to ensure a safe work environment for drivers”
The TWU submission today will support an earlier application for the Order to stick to its April 4th start date and for the new safe minimum rates to be phased in from October 1st. The application has the backing of other major players in the transport industry.
The Transport Workers’ Union also wants:
- Full transparency of client contracts to ensure contracts allow for safe minimum rates
- Changes to the Order to take into account split loads and return loads for drivers
- Payment by clients to transport operators within 30 days of work completed
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