Shorten unveils safe rates tribunal


The Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal is underway, with Tothag Transport Director Tim Squires helping supply the practical transport company wisdom. Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten unveiled the tribunal membership over the weekend. <br /><br /> The appointment of Australian Road Transport Industrial Organisation (ARTIO) National Industrial Advisor Paul Ryan, a former Mayne Nickless industrial relations advisor, will also help provide a company perspective in a tribunal of eight that has a block of Fair Work Australia (FWA) representatives.

July 2, 2012

The Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal is underway, with Tothag Transport Director Tim Squires helping supply the practical transport company wisdom.

Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten (pictured) unveiled the tribunal membership over the weekend.

The appointment of Australian Road Transport Industrial Organisation (ARTIO) National Industrial Advisor Paul Ryan, a former Mayne Nickless industrial relations advisor, will also help provide a company perspective in a tribunal of eight that has a block of Fair Work Australia (FWA) representatives.

The FWA contingent is formed by Senior Deputy President Jennifer Acton, Senior Deputy President Lea Drake, with Commissioner Ingrid Asbury and Commissioner Peter Hampton in support.

Senator Steve Hutchins, the former Transport Workers Union (TWU) National President, is the only member to bring a union background to the tribunal, with academic rigor to be provided by Ann Williamson, a Professor of Aviation Safety and Director of Transport and Road Safety Research at the University of New South Wales.

The Queensland Trucking Association (QTA) hailed the appointment of Squires, its immediate past president.

"It has always been important that industry expertise be bought to the table in the work of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal," CEO Peter Garske says.

"Neither QTA Ltd nor ARTIO Queensland Branch believe that the RSR Act will provide a panacea to the nation’s road toll involving heavy vehicles nor the multiple causation factors that can lead to fatality.

"However, this tribunal will provide an opportunity for parties to bring to the table disputes which have their genesis in a commercial transaction which adversely impacts on the ability of operators to obtain a return on investment and avoid road safety risk."

TWU Acting National Secretary Michael Kaine had kind words for the industry representatives, saying Squires "has decades of services in road transport along the Eastern seaboard, as a small and medium enterprise business owner and the outgoing President of the [QTA]" and noting that "Paul Ryan has the respect of the industry having worked in trucking for many years and for his role for the [ARTIO]".

Kaine also touched on Drake’s "wealth of experience in supply chain management cases", adding that Williamson "brings a weight of academic experience examining issues in trucking such client pressure, fatigue and drug use".


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