Owner drivers, small trucking businesses and industry Associations across Australia secured an important reform with the recent abolition of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal and its devastating payments order.
This order put the fundamental viability of our industry under threat. Owner drivers were losing their livelihoods and family businesses were folding under the pressure of this unfair, two-tier payment system.
Owner drivers travelled to Canberra and sent a clear message to the Australian Parliament that this wasn’t right. In all states and territories, drivers invested their own time and money to attend rallies, be part of convoys, and approach their local members to fix this appalling situation.
Hundreds of owner drivers travelled to Canberra to take part in two days of truck convoys and rallies at Parliament House, where the Government and many independent senators stood side by side with owner drivers.
Emotion ran high throughout the campaign and it’s still there as the industry begins to interpret the messages coming through from the major parties in the lead up to the Federal election.
The Australian Trucking Association and its work is based on the following three pillars – safety, professionalism and viability. Our involvement in supporting the abolition of the RSRT was based on our mandate to address issues that threatened the viability of both individual operators and the trucking industry more generally.
The abolition of the RSRT has highlighted just how much power the grassroots of the industry have when we come together on an issue.
The ATA is examining options to address market power issues still facing owner drivers such as extended terms of payment and lengthy unpaid waiting times.
The Australian Trucking Association remains committed to safety, professionalism and viability.