Opinion: Big win for owner drivers with GCCD
WE HAVE had a win for owner drivers, with the Transport Workers Union and many industry and business groups working together to finalise an agreement on the General Carriers Contract Determination, which has been approved by the NewSouth Wales IndustrialRelations Commission.
The agreement has been reached with the support of a number of industry and employer organisations, which can take a bow for their part in providing a boost for owner drivers.
Together we have strengthened and provided modernisation of a system that has already provided stability for owner drivers for more than three decades.
Drivers will see improvements that include the expansion of the GCCD to include corridors from Sydney to Wollongong and Newcastle, inclusion of refrigerated trucks, a 2.5%increase in rates and improved ability to negotiate hours.
With the backing and support we have received from companies that already operate nationally, it would give owner drivers across the country the certainty they need about their future.
This decision shows what an industry that supports drivers can look like.
However I am still mystified why employer lobby group NatRoad was the only group that did not come on board.
They are still refusing to admit that drivers had a right to fair working conditions.
It's a game they have played before and we will keep fighting for the rights of drivers.
As I have said in Big Rigs previously, truck drivers are instrumental in the creation of the profits that shareholders enjoy.
Are we all not better off supporting the people that are carrying Australia?