Pay rates for award-reliant truck drivers to rise on July 1


Trucking operators employing drivers under a modern award will need to increase wages by 2.6 percent from July 1

Pay rates for award-reliant truck drivers to rise on July 1
Pay rates for award-reliant truck drivers to rise on July 1
June 4, 2013

Transport operators employing truck drivers under a modern award will need to increase wages by 2.6 percent from July 1.

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) yesterday handed down its minimum wage ruling, deciding to lift the pay rates of award-reliant workers and those on the minimum wage. The minimum wage will rise by $15.80 to $622.20 per week at the start of the new financial year.

The ruling affects truck drivers employed under the Road Transport and Distribution Award or the Road Transport (Long Distance Operations) Award.

FWC President Iain Ross says the rates of award-reliant workers have been falling behind the earnings of the rest of the workforce.

"Over the past decade, all award rates of pay have fallen relative to all measures of median and average earnings," he says.

Unions sought a $30 increase in the minimum wage, which rose by $17.10 last financial year.

But Ross says a combination of slower GDP growth, an expected slight increase in the unemployment rate and a rise in superannuation to 9.25 percent on July 1 led the FWC to grant a lower wage increase than in 2012.

However, he adds that while real earnings have generally increased over the past decade, earnings inequality is increasing.

"Changes in the overall levels of earnings inequality show that real weekly earnings of full-time workers have become progressively less equal in the past decade," Ross says.

"If not addressed, these trends may have broader implications both for our economy and for the maintenance of social cohesion in Australia."

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