TWU claims In­dus­trial Re­la­tions Com­mis­sion win

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THE TWU has wel­comed the NSW In­dus­trial Re­la­tions Com­mis­sion back­ing last month of an ex­panded model of the Gen­eral Car­ri­ers Con­tract De­ter­mi­na­tion (GCCD), say­ing it’s a boost for owner-driv­ers.

The TWU says the sys­tem will en­sure owner-driv­ers gain full cost re­cov­ery for their work.

It says a de­ci­sion on the GCCD guar­an­tees fair rates which al­low driv­ers to main­tain their ve­hi­cles, keep their busi­nesses go­ing and pay them­selves a wage.

The TWU says im­prove­ments to the sys­tem in­clude the ex­pan­sion of the de­ter­mi­na­tion to in­clude cor­ri­dors from Syd­ney to Wol­lon­gong and Syd­ney to New­cas­tle; in­clu­sion of re­frig­er­ated trucks; a 2.5 per cent in­crease in rates across the board; and the abil­ity to ne­go­ti­ate a guar­an­teed num­ber of hours with em­ploy­ers.

The Com­mis­sion’s de­ci­sion fol­lowed years of ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween driv­ers, in­dus­try and reg­u­la­tors, which the TWU says in­volves mod­erni­sa­tion of a sys­tem that has pro­vided sta­bil­ity for more than three decades.

TWU NSW branch sec­re­tary Richard Olsen says the de­ci­sion is an im­por­tant back­ing by the en­tire in­dus­try for a sys­tem of fair rates and con­di­tions for driv­ers.

“It will give owner-driv­ers the cer­tainty they need about their fu­ture,” he says.

“Driv­ers stood to­gether dur­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions on this and won im­por­tant im­prove­ments.”

The TWU says the de­ci­sion demon­strated how a sus­tain­able in­dus­try can be achieved by the in­dus­try com­ing to­gether.

It added that em­ployer lobby group NatRoad was the only group that did not come on board, re­fus­ing to ad­mit driv­ers had a right to fair work­ing con­di­tions.

“NatRoad have been play­ing this game a long time: deny­ing own­er­drivers dig­nity through fair con­di­tions and try­ing to lower wages and al­lowances for em­ployee driv­ers through the award re­view.

“To­day the rest of the in­dus­try stood to­gether and backed a fair sys­tem for owner driv­ers,” Olsen says.

How­ever, NatRoad CEO War­ren Clark says re­cent ex­pe­ri­ence has shown how im­prac­ti­cal and de­struc­tive ap­ply­ing rates for owner-driv­ers can be.

“In­ter­fer­ing with the mar­ket and forc­ing set rates can po­ten­tially jeop­ar­dise the vi­a­bil­ity of the truck­ing in­dus­try,” Clark says.

NatRoad says the de­nial of the TWU’s sought-af­ter ex­pan­sion of rates to all of NSW was an im­por­tant out­come for NatRoad mem­bers.

NatRoad CEO War­ren Clark

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