ARTIO plans nation-wide workshops on IR changes

ARTIO plans roadshow of IR workshops with federal funds, as new legislation comes in

The Australian Road Transport Industrial Organisation (ARTIO) has secured Federal Government funding to brief operators on the new industrial relations framework.

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations has approved a proposal by ARTIO to run a series of information sessions around the country for the road transport sector.

New industrial relations laws come into effect today, with significant changes in union access to trucking yards and business obligations.

More than 60 sessions are planned later this year, with qualified industrial relations professionals to brief operators on the new legislation and how it relates to road transport employers. Attendance will be free.

"ARTIO will work with its branches, as well as other organisations who have members in the road transport industry, to ensure as many operators as possible are made aware of these briefings and have the opportunity to attend," ARTIO National Industrial Relations Advisor Paul Ryan says.

"I strongly urge all road transport operators to attend one of these sessions because it will provide them with the opportunity to be fully briefed on their legal obligations."

It’s another sign the Melbourne-based group is making inroads as the national provider of industrial relations advice, a week after it gained registration to represent trucking operators in New South Wales.

The Australian Trucking Association’s NSW branch offers industrial relations advice through the Australian Industry Group, while the South Australian Road Transport Association (SARTA) represents businesses in that State.

Under the new Fair Work Act, unions will have greater access to trucking yards and the ability to hold on-site meetings with union and non-union staff.

From July, unions only need to be suspicious of a breach to enter a workplace and seize relevant documents and records. Individuals who refuse to comply can be fined up to $6,600.

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