Independent member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, is supporting the call for a six-month extension on the decision to introduce a minimum pay rate for contract truck drivers.
Following the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) Contractor Driver Minimum Payments Road Safety Remuneration Order, private trucking operators will be required to charge a minimum rate for trucking from April 4 onwards.
Ms McGowan said constituents were concerned with the proposed changes. Owner-operators, such as Graeme and Leonie Jackson (GE & LR Jackson T/A Glastrans), recognise the need for change; however, this proposed increase will have a negative impact.
“Private operators are worried they will be disadvantaged and forced out of business,” Ms McGowan said. “Hirers and contractors view these measures as unsustainable and discriminatory.”
Ms McGowan attended a briefing in Parliament yesterday. The minimum pay rate is being backed by the Transport Workers’ Union, however, local owners believe any pay rate rises should be levelled across the whole industry.
Ms McGowan has written to the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, and Minister for Employment, Senator Michaelia Cash, calling on the Government to take action on the concerns of local owner-operators in the transport industry.