Leadership changes agreed for RWTA

Oxford's Fleiszig to steer cold chain industry organisation

By Rob McKay | August 15, 2011

Changes at the top of transport and logistics representative bodies continue apace with Oxford Cold Storage director Paul Fleiszig to take over as chairman of the Refrigerated Warehouse and Transport Association (RWTA).

The present RWTA vice-chairman, Fleiszig will replace Montague Cold Storage director Peter Quinn for a two-year period.

Rod McQueen of Montague Cold Storage will take Fleiszig’s vacated role, the RWTA’s annual conference, on Friday and Saturday in Launceston, was told.

In reporting on pallet management issues, Fleiszig told delegates that there had been some developments, though his industry had not got all it had wanted.

On the plus side, a pallet dispute-resolution process had been agreed to by supermarkets mediated by small business commissioners in every state.

Meanwhile, the pallet companies had agreed to an email notification process within one hour of any decision to freeze an account of a company that RWTA member firms had traded with in the last three months.

The RWTA was continuing to pursue the issues of delayed pallets, Fleiszig says.

He hailed progress on the chain of responsibility code of conduct.

This is to be presented to VicRoads for authorisation.

Fleiszig says the feedback "is that this is the most comprehensive that they have seen on chain of responsibility - it covers all laws in every state".

Speaking on developments relating to the energy efficiency subcommittee, McQueen made a plea greater involvement by member companies ass it set about benchmarking and indentifying cost savings with a view to self-regulation.

"If we get government intervention, we are going to lose control over our industry and our own costs," McQueen says.

The RWTA board changes come a matter of weeks after those affecting NatRoad and the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association.

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