NatRoad pleased with ‘modest’ GCCD decision
Industry body satisfied the new determination did not expand to cover entire state
Having fought against the proposed changes to the New South Wales General Carriers Contract Determination (GCCD) for nearly a year, the National Road Transport Association (NatRoad) seems to be taking the outcome of the review in its stride.
The industry body says the new determination is "the best it could be" under the circumstances, which included proposals to set mandatory pay rates and expansion of GCCD coverage across the state.
NSW Industrial Relations Commission (IRC’s) decision includes two new freight corridors – Sydney to Newcastle and Sydney to Wollongong – and inclusion of furniture removals and refrigerated transport under the GCCD obligations.
Although IRC has increased the pay rates by 2.5 per cent – a rule that will not kick in until January 2019, NatRoad highlights the fact that the suggestion to enforce a fixed pay rule for all carriage contracts across NSW was not accepted by the Commission.
NatRoad CEO Warren Clark says the proposed fixed rate regime could have led to some owner-drivers being driven out of business.
"We know from recent experience how impractical and destructive applying rates for owner drivers can be," Clark says.
"Interfering with the market and forcing set rates can potentially jeopardise the viability of the trucking industry."
NatRoad says IRC’s decision is the "first step" in a long overdue industrial award modernisation process.
It highlights Commissioner Peter Newall statement that the increased scope of the new determination was "modest" and "conservative", providing a fair and reasonable arrangement for both principal contractors and contract carriers without benefiting any particular participant group involved in the case.