TWU wants RSRT to impose new conditions on tanker sector


TWU wants tanker companies to meet new requirements on pay rates and vehicle checks.

TWU wants RSRT to impose new conditions on tanker sector
The TWU wants new conditions imposed on parties involved in tanker operations.

 

The Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) will be asked to impose new conditions on tanker operators across the country.

The Transport Workers Union (TWU) is planning to lodge a submission with the RSRT to ask for new standards covering driver pay rates and vehicle maintenance to be introduced.

The TWU announced its move following last week’s fatal crash involving a BP tanker and says it has been pushing for safety improvements in the sector for a number of years.

"That’s why we’re opening legal proceedings in the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, to force clients to lift the economic pressure on drivers, which is the major cause of truck crashes," TWU acting national secretary Michael Kaine says.

"We’re seeking binding orders to make clients fund safe operation for Australia’s tanker fleet."

The union submission will ask the tribunal to set minimum rates for tanker drivers and to hold the supply chain accountable for skipping safety checks and setting unsustainable delivery times.

"For years, drivers and the union have been calling government action to improve tanker safety. The response has been simple inaction from clients and government alike," Kaine says.

The RSRT has the power to issue orders mandating minimum rates of pay and conditions throughout the industry or in specific sectors if it believes doing so will improve safety.

The tribunal is currently investigating standards in the cash-in-transit sector.

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