Today, Nov 26th 2020

Change text size A A A

Loading slideshow
WA Truckies Deserve Better
Transport Workers have spoken. WA truck bays, amenities and WA highways need an upgrade! You can sign the petition and show your support:&...
13/02/2020
Incentive program
This is your opportunity to be incentivised for signing up an eligible member to the TWU. Simp...
TWU Veterans Supporting Road Safety Education
Veterans of the trucking industry have recently been visiting schools to promote road safety me...
06/01/2020
2020 Membership
Be a part of your great union in 2020. Renew your membership today Membership Fees 2020 (all...
Glen Barron’s Aviation Report
They say a picture is worth 1000 words and if the looks on the faces of our members at Alpha Fl...
Legally Right?...Maybe
Toll Liquid drivers who work on a rotating shift roster are protesting loudly about the firm&rs...
The TWU has reached agreement with Hanson Construction Materials on behalf of a group of Rocla ...
It was my pleasure to represent Greg Newman in an unfair dismissal matter earlier this year, G...
The TWU was recently successful in a long running case to recover long service leave entitlemen...
Cleanaway Alcohol Testing
The TWU fully understands the need for drug and alcohol policies in the workplace ;mind alterin...
Prosegur Breaching Agreement
Our Prosegur Agreement expired in June last year and the last pay boost for the armoured vehicl...
For the past 22 years I have been lucky enough to call WA my home; my adult daughter, I am prou...
A custody officer, and TWU member, who was injured by a suicidal prisoner has settled her worke...

News headings from LabourStart


WIN For Owner Drivers as Industry Backs & Expands Model for Fair Rates & Conditions

« Back to News Articles

March 15, 2017

Owner drivers got a boost today as the NSW Industrial Relations Commission backed and expanded a system which ensures them full cost recovery for their work.

A decision on the General Carriers Contract Determination guarantees fair rates which allow drivers to maintain their vehicles, keep their businesses going and pay themselves a wage.

The Commission’s decision followed years of negotiations between drivers, industry and regulators and involves modernisation of a system which has provided stability for over three decades.

Improvements to the system include:

  • Expansion of the determination to include corridors from Sydney to Wollongong and Sydney to Newcastle
  • Inclusion of refrigerated trucks
  • A 2.5% increase in rates across the board
  • Ability to negotiate guaranteed number of hours with employers

“This 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. Drivers stood together during negotiations on this and won important improvements,” said Richard Olsen TWU NSW Branch Secretary.

The decision today demonstrated how a sustainable industry can be achieved by the industry coming together. Employer lobby group NatRoad was the only group which did not come on board, refusing to admit that drivers had a right to fair working conditions.

“NatRoad have been playing this game a long time: denying owner drivers 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 added.