RSRT to begin discussion on proposed orders

Tribunal will next month kick-off discussions on proposed road safety remuneration orders from TWU, ARTIO, NUW and Intercapital Trucking

May 21, 2013

The Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) will next month hold discussions on a number of proposed road safety remuneration orders lodged with the agency.

The hearings, which will run from June 6 to June 13 in Sydney from 9.30am, will canvass proposals from the Transport Workers Union (TWU), the Australian Road Transport Industrial Organisation (ARTIO), the National Union of Workers (NUW) and transport firm Intercapital Trucking.

The TWU wants orders covering the retail and long-distance sectors. It has proposed a training levy on customers, full cost recovery for transport companies and owner-drivers, 14-day payment terms and greater obligations on retailers to ensure compliance with road transport laws.

The ARTIO wants payment to transporters for all work performed and changes to timeslot arrangements to ensure drivers are not encouraged to speed or skip breaks to make deadlines.

The group also favours the development of an RSRT-approved cost model to allow transporters to set a rate that allows them to operate safely.

Intercapital Trucking wants a ruling mandating payment within 24 hours of a job being completed.

Meanwhile, the NUW’s proposal seeks changes to insecure work practices and the use of contractors. It wants contractors to receive the same rates and conditions if they were directly employed and for casual truck drivers to be allowed to elect to convert to full-time employment.

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