ARTIO NSW sees wider application of interim GCCD

Transport Industry General Carriers Interim Contract Determination details are in dispute

ARTIO NSW sees wider application of interim GCCD
Hugh McMaster says there are wider obligations.


The Australian Road Transport Industrial Organisation New South Wales Branch (ARTIO NSW) says claims that the Transport Industry General Carriers Interim Contract Determination is confined to Newcastle, Sydney and Wollongong are mistaken.

ARTIO NSW’s position is at odds with the position the National Road Transport Association (NatRoad) presented yesterday.

According to the state industry body, principal contractors involved in industry sectors such as general freight, furniture removals and refrigerated transport, have obligations under the interim determination to contract carriers engaged in work in regional NSW as well.

"Contract carriers also have obligations to principal contractors under the interim determination," ARTIO NSW secretary/treasurer Hugh McMaster says.

"These obligations do not relate to remuneration but are still very important in ensuring a contractual relationship which is entered into complies with the interim determination."

McMaster said it is also wrong for to claim that as a result of the consent position ARTIO NSW reached with the TWU last Monday that remuneration obligations of principal contractors under the interim determination will only apply to contracts of carriage undertaken within the Newcastle-Sydney-Wollongong region.

"Principal contractors engaging contract carriers on work covered by the interim determination which involves any intrastate journey to a destination located within 50 kilometres ‘as the crow flies’ of the place of origin are also obliged to remunerate contract carriers for the time required and distance travelled to do that work," he adds.

"This means contract carriers involved in general freight working between, say, Ballina and Lismore, Dubbo and Narromine or Maitland and Singleton need to be remunerated in accordance with the provisions of the Interim Determination.’

"The same remuneration obligations also currently apply within the County of Cumberland, basically greater metropolitan Sydney.

"This remuneration obligation has been in place in these areas of NSW since 1984."

McMaster says ARTIO NSW members were advised of their obligations and the obligations of contract carriers under the interim determination immediately after it was finalised last June.

"ARTIO NSW also provides an advisory service to members which are covered by the interim determination," he adds.

"This service assists members in understanding their obligations and in applying those obligations to the management of their contractual relationships.

"Transport operators engaging principal contractors in NSW who think they may be covered by the Interim Determination are welcome to contact the ARTIO NSW secretariat so they have the opportunity to be informed of their obligations."

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