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Centurion Underpaying Their Line-Haul Drivers

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And it will get worse if drivers accept their EBA proposals

When TWU officials got a first look at a new pay and conditions agreement being proposed by Centurion management we were shocked at how badly it rips off drivers.

The firm’s long distance drivers are already being paid below award rates and are missing out on many other entitlements that Centurion should be paying – including:

  • Pay Rates that are less than the legally binding Road Transport (Long Distance) Award.
  • Not paying the 30% Annual Leave Loading in the award.
  • Not paying the $82.50 overnight allowance when drivers are away from home.
  • Not paying the 10 days minimum per year Rostered Days Off that drivers are entitled to under the Award.
  • Not paying the Oversize Loads and Dangerous Goods allowances.

These are serious underpayments that need to be addressed by the company.

Centurion’s contention that the above entitlements are included in drivers pay rates are absolute crap because their pay rates are less than the Award stipulates.

The above are not our only concerns – Centurion is also proposing changes in the agreement that will further cut drivers entitlements. They include:

  • Changed wording that will enable them to pay fortnightly and not weekly.
  • Changed wording that will allow them NOT to pay overnight allowance if they provide accommodation. Under the current agreement they must do both.

These are just some of our concerns – there are more.

We have warned drivers to VOTE NO if Centurion try to rush drivers into voting for this appalling agreement.