TWU steps up campaign to secure 30-day payments industry wide


Union submits proposal to tribunal to require parties to pay trucking companies within 30 days.

TWU steps up campaign to secure 30-day payments industry wide
Outraged: TWU boss Tony Sheldon says trucking companies are being forced to wait too long to be paid for work.

 

The Transport Workers Union (TWU) is stepping up its efforts to secure 30-day payment terms for trucking operators.

The union on March 11 lodged an application with the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) to require hirers to pay transport operators within 30 days of work being completed.

The move follows the union's plea for trucking representative bodies to support its 30-day payment campaign.

The RSRT introduced 30-day terms for owner-drivers in 2014, and the union says this should be extended to cover the entire industry.

If introduced, it would end existing practices that have led to large companies in the supply chain forcing trucking companies on to payment terms of up to 120 days.

"This is about achieving a safe and sustainable industry. Transport operators are struggling because billion-dollar companies are withholding payment. It is common for payment to be withheld for 120 days but it can be as outrageously as long as 220 days," TWU national secretary Tony Sheldon says.

"This is corporate bullying at its worst and the Federal Government has failed to act. Our application today seeks to put a stop to this."

Federal senators Glenn Sterle and John Williams recently led the passage of a non-binding motion through the Senate that urged companies to pay trucking operators within 30 days.

The TWU says the application and impending minimum rates for owner-drivers, which are due to begin on April 4, are about holding parties in the supply chain accountable for their treatment of transport operators.

"It is about making sure they pay companies on time and that their contracts allow for their goods to be delivered safely," Sheldon says.

"If we want to change our industry we have to stand up to those dragging it down."

 

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