GCCD will ensure full cost recovery for drivers: TWU


Olsen welcomes industry backing but slams NatRoad for being uncooperative

GCCD will ensure full cost recovery for drivers: TWU
Olsen accuses NatRoad of attempting to block owner-drivers from receiving 'fair' wages and better working conditions.

 

The Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) has welcomed Industrial Relations Commission’s decision on the NSW General Carriers Contract Determination (GCCD), calling it a "win" for owner-drivers.

The union says GCCD will guarantee "fair rates" for drivers and help them receive "full cost recovery for their work".

The changes approved yesterday include:

  • expansion of GCCD to include corridors from Sydney to Wollongong and Sydney to Newcastle
  • inclusion of refrigerated trucks
  • 2.5 per cent increase in standing rates effective April 15
  • ability to negotiate guaranteed number of hours with employers.

However, the IRC decided that all rates of payment, including standing and running rates, will be revised before January 1, 2019.

"This decision is an important backing by the entire industry for a system of fair rates and conditions for drivers," TWU NSW branch secretary Richard Olsen says.

"It will give owner drivers the certainty they need about their future.

"Drivers stood together during negotiations on this and won important improvements."

While welcoming industry backing of the rules, union takes a swing at NatRoad for being the "only [employer lobby] group which did not come on board, refusing to admit that drivers had a right to fair working conditions".

Olsen accuses NatRoad of attempting to deny owner-drivers "fair" wages and better working conditions through the awards review.

The union says the decision is an attempt to "modernise" the system following months of negotiations between drivers, industry and regulators.

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