RSRT makes Tarcutta its first port of call

Tribunal members, including president, will meet with drivers at truck changeover to discuss remuneration and conditions

April 11, 2013

Members of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) will tonight visit Tarcutta as the first of a series of planned events to discuss rates and conditions with those working in the road transport industry.

The RSRT, including President Jennifer Acton, will hold a two-hour consultation with drivers from 11pm to 1am at the Tarcutta truck changeover in Sydney Street.

The tribunal intends to hold a meeting from 9am to 12pm on April 15 at the Port Botany truck marshalling area, before heading to Uncle Leo’s Roadhouse at Glenfield in New South Wales on the same day from 1pm to 4pm.

The RSRT is required to consult with the industry prior to the development of road safety remuneration orders, which can mandate remuneration and remuneration-related conditions that specific groups or all parties in the supply chain must abide by.

As detailed in its annual work program released last December, the tribunal will scrutinise practices in the retail, livestock, bulk grain, interstate long distance and intrastate long distance sectors this year.

Representative associations and individuals have already lodged submissions with the tribunal urging it to require, among other things, to mandate payment for waiting time, faster payment terms, full cost recovery and flexible timeslot arrangements.

RSRT Senior Deputy President Lea Drake and fellow tribunal members, the Australian Road Transport Industrial Organisation’s Paul Ryan and former NSW Transport Workers Union Secretary Steve Hutchins, will also be available to talk to drivers at Tarcutta.

The RSRT says details regarding further consultations in other cities and regional areas across Australia "will be publicised shortly".

Acton recently announced the tribunal would visit sites relevant to truck drivers, their employers or hirers and other businesses in the supply chain.

She says the submissions, along with responses to them, and visits to sites will inform the tribunal’s job of preparing orders.

Along with issuing orders, the RSRT is a dispute resolution body tasked with hearing disagreements between parties in the transport supply chain.
Its job also includes conducting research into pay, conditions and related matters that could affect safety in the industry.

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