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Pay boost at GKR

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Finally after long-winded negotiations with the company their new line-haul agreement is now ready for registration.

We’ve settled on a three-year agreement with drivers receiving an average $120 - $240 per week increase depending on single or double driver (two-up) operation and the scheduled trip.

A $69 overnight allowance is now stand alone and not included in the kilometer rate, which clearly establishes it for tax deduction purposes.

In addition, the drivers will receive 3% increases in years two and three. They will now also be guaranteed five paid public holidays per year and have retained their five weeks annual leave.

The new rates came into effect as of 13th October after agreement in principle was reached.

Compare this agreement to others covering two-up East West operations and it is far from the worst agreement around.

The agreement now clearly contains clauses that ensure recognition and rights for union delegates and members which are vital in providing “Strong Representation” in the event of issues arising.

Thanks to all who participated in the process.

Special thanks to Shane Hampton for taking on the line haul delegates role and to Jamie Potter for his previous efforts and support as a delegate.

I believe that, given the prevailing economic conditions, GKR and its owner Kevin Small have struck a very fair deal with us.

I’m usually the last one to say nice things about bosses but Kevin is a straight shooter with a fair bit of integrity about him.

He has built GKR into a quality business and by and large he seems to care about his employees.