Fighting on Two Fronts

NatRoad is fighting on two fronts as part of a campaign to help owner drivers and small operators in the face of challenges to their viability. A legal challenge is said, by NatRoad, to be opposed by a ‘coordinated club’ behind the NSW industrial changes in the General Carriers Interim Contract Carriers Determination, when they unanimously opposed an exemption for NatRoad members.     “We made this exemption application on...

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RSRT Clone Causes Concern

NatRoad is seeking urgent clarification on a move this week by the NSW Industrial Relation Commission to develop an RSRT clone. The plan is to broaden the scope and application of the NSW General Carriers Contract Determination (GCCD) to include the whole off the state.   “It appears to mirror the payment order and obligations that were thrust on owner drivers and the people who contracted them under the Road Safety Remuneration...

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Refocus and Renewal for NatRoad

Two initiatives announced this week show the National Road Transport Association reinvigorated after the RSRT conflict. The association has announced NatRoad members and the NatRoad Council voted unanimously to renew the constitution.   “We need to ensure the voice of the industry and our members is strong, relevant and proactive for the contemporary challenges we all face,” read the NatRoad statement. “In the wake of the RSRT,...

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Truckies as Baddies

This election ad doesn’t help anyone. All we are doing here is reinforcing the impression the trucking industry is highly dangerous and truckies are going around killing children. Yes, make an ad to tell people not to vote Liberal, that’s fair enough, but don’t do it at the expense of denigrating your own industry. An industry which already suffers from a very negative public perception. At a time when the image of...

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Running Blind

A meeting with a selection of owner/drivers yesterday gave me much food for thought about how people in the trucking industry communicate with each other. The forum, one of many running all through this month was organised by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO).   The object of the meetings are to get a picture of the effects of the introduction of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, and the...

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RSRT on Tour

There is currently a tour of Australia taking place, organised by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) to look into the effects of the recent introduction and then repealing of the the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal. The events of early April, when the trucking industry’s issues were actually discussed on prime time television, have now passed and the clean up continues.   Have we learned...

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