Feedback sought on delay to safe truckie pay order

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Feedback sought on delay to safe truckie pay order

The Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) has released a proposal to delay minimum rates of pay for contract truckies until 1 January 2017, but interested parties only have until next Thursday to provide feedback.

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The Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) has released a proposal to delay minimum rates of pay for contract truckies until 1 January 2017, but interested parties only have until next Thursday to provide written feedback. 

Background 


Established in 2012, the RSRT has the power to make Road Safety Remuneration Orders (RSROs). The orders aim to address the economic incentives, pressures and practices that contribute to unsafe work practices in the road transport industry.

On 18 December 2015, the RSRT handed down the Contractor Driver Minimum Payments RSRO 2016, which sets minimum rates for contractor drivers involved in long distance operations and the distribution items destined for sale or hire by a supermarket chain. 

The order is due to commence on 4 April 2016. However, the RSRT received applications, including from Ai Group and the National Road Transport Association (NatRoad), to vary the order to push back the commencement date and implement transitional arrangements to phase in the new rates. 

Ai Group wanted the operative date to be delayed until 1 January 2017 to allow industry more time to understand the order and make appropriate changes to systems and processes. Similarly, the NSW Business Chamber’s position was that businesses required more time to understand the order’s complexities.  

Applicants, including Ai group, had also sought either a stay on the order’s operation until applications had been heard and determined or an interim variation extending the order’s commencement date. 

No stay but proposal made


While the RSRT this week declined to stay the RSRO or grant an interim order, it released a statement and directions, which included a draft variation for consultation. The draft variation granted Ai group’s application for the order to commence on 1 January 2017 and transitional arrangements in respect of minimum payments. 

The RSRT has advised the draft variation does not constitute a decision by it to vary the order; rather, it will decide whether to vary the order in respect of the commencement date and transitional provisions after a consultation period concluding Easter Monday.  

Consultation details 


Persons or bodies likely to be affected by the draft variation have until midday on Monday, 21 March 2016 to make written submissions, which will be published on the RSRT website subject to confidentiality or commercial sensitivity issues. 

The deadline for making written comments on submissions published on the RSRT website is midday on Thursday, 24 March 2016.

Written submissions and comments should be emailed to inquiries@rsrt.gov.au, faxed to (03) 9655 0401 or posted to Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, GPO Box 1994, Melbourne, Victoria 3001.

The RSRT will conduct a mention in Melbourne regarding the applications in the statement and directions at 4pm AEDT on 24 March 2016. The mention is to ascertain the number of hearing days, if any, required in respect of the applications over the period 26 to 28 March 2016. 

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