RFNSW urges final member input on GCCD


Evidence of potential impact seen as crucial for outcome

RFNSW urges final member input on GCCD
Simon O’Hara is calling for a new GCCD effort from members

 

State industry group Road Freight NSW (RFNSW) is calling on carriers to have their final say on the potential financial and practical implications of proposed variations to the General Carriers Contract Determination (GCCD).

While RFNSW says it is pleased that its ongoing advocacy and campaigning had minimised the unnecessary burden of mandatory ratios in an initial claim filed by the Transport Workers Union (TWU), its GM, Simon O’Hara, says it is imperative that members continue to be protected.

"Over the past three years, our hard work and advocacy on behalf of our RFNSW members has allowed us to successfully address a number of problematic issues, resulting in significant improvements to the initial proposed changes to the GCCD."

These include:

  • curtailing coverage of mandatory rates to Sydney and two transport corridors (reduced from the whole of NSW claim initially filed by the TWU)
  • reducing proposed rate increases
  • transitional phasing-in of new rates.

"From our perspective, we’ve made real headway in modifying the union’s initial claim, through our alliance with the Ai Group, which have been party to the proceedings. But we’re still understandably concerned that the rates may still be excessive for some operators," O’Hara says.

"That’s why it’s crucial that we hear from operators about the potential financial and practical implications of these variations.

"We need this grassroots feedback as we continue to work on achieving best outcomes for operators.

"A number of parties have already indicated their support for the draft changes [to the GCCD], but we believe we must give operators one final opportunity to have their voices heard until any final position is reached."

RFNSW says members wishing to have their say should contact O’Hara ASAP at: simon.ohara@rfnsw.com.au

You can also follow our updates by joining our LinkedIn group or liking us on Facebook