NTC calls for submissions on heavy vehicle pay rates


The NTC is calling for submissions as it undertakes a review into pay rates in the heavy vehicle industry.

August 6, 2008


The National Transport Commission (NTC) is calling for submissions as it undertakes a review into pay rates in the heavy vehicle industry.

The NTC has listed the submission process on its website, including a scope of what questions it wants answered.

The NTC wants stakeholders to address what systems are in place to allow owner-drivers to negotiate a fair pay and whether cost recovery methods such as the fuel levy are adequate.

And in line with its review, it wants respondents to show whether pay rates have an effect on road safety.

The review will investigate the link between remuneration methods and safety and the NTC will report its findings to the Australian Transport Council (ATC).

"The NTC will provide a report to ministers with possible options to address any link through regulation," a statement from the government body says.

The NTC statement also wants submissions to argue whether there is a role government can play in payment systems for operators and what form of regulation, if any, should be used for employed or contracted drivers.

The Transport Workers Union (TWU) has long argued there is a link between safety and rates of pay.

It is currently staging protests against Woolworths over what TWU Federal Secretary Tony Sheldon claims is a result of the supermarket giant not paying sustainable rates.

A statement from the company, however, says it pays "appropriate" rates which are regularly reviewed.

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