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How many times have we seen cases of a Transport Company go into liquidation today, then miraculously rise again like the Phoenix tomorrow and proceed to carry on as normal, with no thought to what they have done to their staff in the process.

It’s high time that the Government regulated the Transport Industry and made some of the ‘grubs’ in this Industry become accountable for their actions.

We’ve seen this happen too many times over the last 20 years and it leaves past and present employees high, dry and out of pocket due to either unpaid wages or superannuation.

This dodgy practice leads to unwanted financial pressure and further stress for families that are already struggling in the current economic climate. It’s really not good enough.

Those who do this have absolutely no conscience at all, and absolutely no regard for the people this action affects.

It’s just an easy way out for these wankers.

One such company is Grey Mare Transport who went into liquidation last year in July. The company didn’t have the decency to advise their staff of what was going on, nor did they advise their creditors in advance.

We are perplexed that they can still now carry on as normal continuing to be bannered as Grey Mare Transport when the company supposedly folded.

Next morning they‘rose’again (excuse the pun) and started trading as WA Bulk Pty Ltd working under the same ABN as GMT.

They also use the name Contracting Services Pty Ltd, which runs under a different ABN and is registered in Victoria.

It’s common knowledge that grubs love holes. This particular breed of grub loves ‘loopholes’.

Prior to GMT going into liquidation in July 2015 several of their previous, and at the time current staff, hadn’t been paid any superannuation since December 2014.

Quite a few employees are out of pocket over this and they have more chance of winning lotto than getting paid what is owed to them now.

Some staff, (presumably by choice of management) still haven’t been paid what is owed and, to date, others are still waiting for their super to be paid.

Greymare could almost set a Guinness World Record for staff turnover in the last three years, both in the Perth and Port Hedland operations. It can be said that they have managed to lay off, rip off and piss off a lot of people.

Finding staff seems to be getting harder for GMT and they now eat humble pie, and call back drivers that they have previously terminated for a multitude of reasons!

More fool those staff for going back there, although if you can use the user to your advantage, then the end justifies the means. There’s a funny irony in that.

Another thing that makes us wonder is the fact that this company is still employed as a Sub-contractor to two of the biggest Transport firms in Perth.

These other companies have strict guidelines that sub-contractors have to abide by, but in this case what GMT have done over the last 3 years seems to have escaped their notice.

Paying the correct wages, (which they now do) and superannuation (which is debatable) is federal law but maybe GMT has an exemption.

The owner can find the money to take his family overseas on holidays though so all is well in his world. Early to mid last year, he gutted a semi float trailer and refabricated for his own personal use to cart his own horses around in.

This was all done in the presence of staff that had not been paid super since Dec 14. What a low dog act. And then they wonder why good staff leave.

This in itself speaks volumes for the calibre of person you would be working for if you were unfortunate enough to land yourself employment with Grey Mare Transport.