On Tuesday March 20, 2012, the Road Safety Remuneration Bill passed the Senate, creating a Tribunal that will oversee pay and conditions in road transport.

After decades of pressure from TWU drivers across the country — working under the Safe Rates campaign, for the last — Australia has a world-first system to reduce the practices that have led to thousands of deaths and injuries on our roads.

It was disappointing that there was not bipartisan support for the legislation, especially since the Coalition had previously acknowledged the need for reform in reports such as Burning the Midnight Oil, published by the parliamentary committee chaired by Hinkler MP Paul Neville. The facts have not changed since Mr Neville delivered the committee’s report, but the opposition’s opinion has. This time the Coalition asserted, wiithout proof and ignoring the voluminous research, that the tribunal would not make our roads safer.

The Tribunal will not hear cases until 2013, but in the meantime your union will be putting together the necessary evidence to submit for the determinations starting next year. Your participation in this process is important.

To discuss the state of your pay and conditions in terms of a future industry standard, talk to your organiser, who can pass on your information to the teams working on the applications to the tribunal.

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