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ARTIO NSW backs TWU NSW position on GCCD

Process and outcome defended; state industrial body gears up for inaugural conference

 

After defending the state’s new Transport Industry General Carriers Contract Determination (GCCD) at its inception, the Australian Road Transport Industrial Organisation NSW branch (ARTIO NSW) has returned to the fray on proposed variations.

In response to Road Freight NSW’s concern on the affordability of rate rises the Transport Workers’ Union NSW branch (TWU NSW) puts forward, ARTIO NSW states that it supports TWU NSW’s position on both the process and the intended outcome of current negotiations.

“Two years ago, ARTIO NSW reached agreement with the TWU in NSW on substantial reforms to this Determination related to rates, conditions and the formula for varying rates,” ARTIO NSW secretary/treasurer Hugh McMaster says.

“During the current proceedings before the NSW Industrial Relations Commission, parties have negotiated in good faith and, as far as we are concerned, have reached and outcome that is fair to both principal contractors and the drivers they engage under the Determination.”

“As Richard Olsen from the TWU has stated, all we have done, is apply the agreed formula agreed to in 2017, which aligns closely to actual cost variations, to arrive at the changes in rates.”


Read about TWU NSW’s position on the negotiations, here


McMaster agrees that rate increases on this occasion are a significant additional cost to principal contractors.

“However, as [TWU state secretary] Richard Olsen said, rates have not changed for two years, meaning their contract carrier members have been out of pocket for quite some time,” he says

McMaster notes there are also occasions when parties to the GCCD reach agreement on rate variations that lead to a fall in rates. 

“This occurred as a result of negotiations which concluded two years ago, except for the hourly rate component in smaller rigid vehicle classes, and there are likely to be occasions in the future when rates will go down in line with falling costs,” he says.

“As a registered organisation under NSW industrial law, ARTIO NSW will always approach negotiations with the TWU in a way which aims to ensure fair and reasonable outcomes are achieved under the Determination while at the same time defending our members’ interests.”

First annual conference

Meanwhile, registration is now open for the ARTIO NSW’s inaugural annual conference and dinner to be held on July 25 at the Liverpool Catholic Club, Prestons.

McMaster says that ARTIO NSW has been able to attract a wide range of speakers who will cover topics that go to the heart of ensuring a successful road transport business stays well informed.

“We intend having speakers addressing topics related to the National Heavy Vehicle Law {HVNL} review, Australia’s economic outlook, the workplace relations outlook, owner driver standards, workplace health and safety, on road compliance and enforcement, the adoption of new technologies as well as worker mental health and wellbeing,” he adds.

“This means conference content will cover policy, regulatory, commercial and operational issues which affect transport company owners, directors and senior managers today and in the short to medium term.

“All presenters will participate in question and answer sessions.

“Networking opportunities will be available during the Conference, at the happy hour following the conference and during and after the dinner.”

 

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