Regional truckies win a game-changing deal

NEW DEAL: Drivers at Ron Finemore Transport are celebrating after a new enterprise agreement was reached.
NEW DEAL: Drivers at Ron Finemore Transport are celebrating after a new enterprise agreement was reached. Contributed

DRIVERS at Ron Finemore Transport are celebrating after securing a game- changing new enterprise agreement this month, which brings metropolitan rates, conditions and safety standards to more than 500 drivers across regional NSW, Victoria and Queensland.

Drivers will get a fair day's pay for a fair day's work, safety standards will be second to none, and we've locked in commitments to help build a safer road transport industry.

The agreement, which was hammered out over long months of negotiations, will see pay increases totalling 14% over four years, loyalty bonuses and employer Super contributions at 3.5% above the federal guarantee of 9.5%. There are also model outside hire clauses that will lock in job security.

With this agreement, Finemores has also demonstrated its willingness to work with the TWU to save lives using initiatives such as the Safety Rating Scheme. This allows transport clients, drivers and the community to know which operators put safety first.

The agreement also sends a powerful message to transport operators across Australia; that drivers are willing to work with employers who play fairly, to build a better, safer, industry.

Jason Larfield, our TWU delegate at Finemores in Wagga Wagga said the negotiations were long and tough, but always fair.

"I'm really pleased we've secured this deal. I can go to work, do my job safely and come home and spend good quality time with my family," Jason said.

"I would urge other truckies and their families to speak to the TWU if they are not getting the same deal," Jason said.

Well done to all involved, especially our NSW members of the negotiating team - Robert Dixon, Jason Larfield, Martin Wattke, George Heppel, Kevin Betts, Neil Clarkson and Graham Lucas.

Good on ya fellas!

How the deal stacks up:

Improved job security via outside hire provisions

Wage increases of 3.5% each year for 4 years

Loyalty bonus of 0.5%-1% per year after two years service

Superannuation to reach 13% by the end of the agreement

A commitment to a safer road transport industry

Big Rigs

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