We need truckies to join in the fight
THE threats that Aussie transport workers face, whether from the downgrading of jobs through the gig economy or from those at the top who keep playing their games with a broken industrial relations system, mean that a safer and fairer transport industry brought about by the lifting of standards is a must.
For those on the road, fuel costs have increased, tolls have increased, the cost of doing business has increased, yet the rates paid are no longer reflective of those costs.
Things have to change.
Big companies make a lot of profit by cutting costs in transport. But this means jobs are being downgraded.
A safer and fairer industry for all is reflected in decent industry wide rates and conditions that will ease the burdens families are facing.
It's an old story, profit at the expense of the driver, for example it has been three years since those who work under the General Carriers Contract Determination (GCCD) have seen a rate rise.
Owner and employee drivers are up against it every day in their yards, some managers think pay rises are a joke, offering shonky deals whilst the owner makes a profit off your hard work.
Organisations like Road Freight NSW or NatRoad don't believe you need rate rises either.
The RFNSW chooses to ignore the industry clients who are still applying pressure for their own profits on the transport sector.
If you do the same work, you should get the same pay and conditions, across the industry.
Anything different shows that there are different standards for one driver than for another.
Safe and fair standards across the industry must be built up.
Drivers in some companies don't get the rates and allowances they are entitled to, and they are under pressure to work long hours, to speed and skip their rest breaks.
For the past five years the TWU has been working on its 2020 plan.
We invite you to join us and work from within to create a better industry.
Over 200 enterprise agreements impacting 38,000 workers across the transport industry have been aligned by workers to expire in 2020.
The TWU and its members will use the power of the agreements, to maximise negotiations.
We have launched the most concerted push in our Union's history to bolster members bargaining power and put safety and fairness at the heart of our industry.
Workers will unite right across the airports and road transport industries.
The demands of transport workers will be laid on the board room tables of the wealthy companies at the top of the transport supply chain, the point of economic power.
We will demand the lifting of standards. We will demand secure work.
We are demanding safer and fairer industry rates for all workers, funded by the clients.
We are joining the fight, what about you, what about your yard?
We know that without transport workers, Australia stops.