Couriers including Amazon Flex receive pay rate rise

TWU says couriers and light vehicle owner-drivers to receive pay increases of up to 11 per cent

Couriers including Amazon Flex receive pay rate rise
TWU NSW state secretary Richard Olsen


According to the Transport Workers Union (TWU), thousands of owner-driver couriers across New South Wales will receive pay increases of between 7 and 11 per cent from July 1. The TWU says the outcome is due to its victory in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission.

The rise in minimum pay rates comes amid massive increases in owner-drivers’ operating costs such as fuel and toll roads – the latter increasing by 2.1 per cent, also on July 1.

The TWU says under its successful changes to the General Carriers Contract Determination and Courier and Taxi Truck Contract Determination, owner-drivers of smaller vehicles will see the following increases to their minimum rates of pay:

• Bicycle, 10.9 per cent increase
• Motorcycle, 7.2 per cent increase
• Less than 750kg, 6.7 per cent increase
• 750kg to 1 tonne, 6.9 per cent increase
• 1 to 1.5 tonne, 8 per cent increase
• 1.5 to 3 tonne, 8.4 per cent increase

TWU NSW state secretary Richard Olsen says the win would come as welcome relief at a time where owner-drivers were struggling to keep up with increases in operating costs and the cost of living.

"The minimum rates for owner-drivers with small vehicles have barely moved since they were first set 15 years ago. These increases won by the TWU are long overdue and will help owner-drivers keep up with costs such as fuel and toll roads which seem to never stop going up" Olsen says.

"And the good news isn’t over yet – under the TWU’s successful application, drivers will receive similar increases on the 1st of July in 2023 and 2024 as well."

The increased rates will also apply to Amazon Flex couriers, who will now be entitled to a minimum rate of $31.84 per hour.

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