Agreement reached on GCCD

Submissions now sought from NatRoad and promised by NSW government

Agreement reached on GCCD
Hugh McMaster says much has been negotiated.


New South Wales industrial negotiations relating to the General Carriers Interim Contract Determination have come to an agreement, the Australian Road Transport Industrial Organisation (ARTIO) NSW Branch advises.

Moves to expand the NSW General Carriers Contract Determination (GCCD) has been the source friction between the National Road Transport Association (NatRoad) and traditional participants in such industrial relations talks since not long after the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) was abolished mid-year.

Now, negotiating parties ARTIO NSW, Linfox, Toll, TNT, the NSW Business Chamber and the Master Builders Association of NSW have reached a consent position with the Transport Workers Union (TWU) have "reached agreement following extensive and protracted negotiations and hearings".

"Negotiations focused on geographic coverage of the proposed new remuneration regime, coverage in terms of vehicle class, the underlying principles and methodology used to determine rates as well as the process to be adopted to review rates," ARTIO NSW secretary/treasurer Hugh McMaster says.

The present GCCD covers the greater Sydney area and NatRoad opposes its expansion state-wide as a continuation of the RSRT approach by other means.

McMaster adds that counsel for the Crown Solicitor’s Office, appearing on behalf of the NSW government advised the Commission that it would need six weeks to put forward submissions for consideration by the parties.

"Those submissions are to assist the Commission in its task rather than any opposition to any position reached," he says

"The Commission has given the NSW government until 20 January 2017 to make its submissions and the other parties a further week to respond."

NatRoad and the TWU have been approached for their responses.



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