Bargaining Rights Won

Release date: 1/01/2013

Owner Drivers hauling concrete for Hanson in Queensland have been given final approval to join forces and negotiate rates and conditions with the construction materials supplier.

Owner Driver

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) ruling allows the drivers, with the support of the Queensland Transport Workers Union (TWU), to bargain on rates, penalties, a mechanism for rates to increase annually and demurrage payments for five years.

Drivers can also negotiate rates for specialist loads and reimbursement for painting and badging their trucks in Hanson colours.

The TWU previously scored a similar arrangement for owner-drivers working for Ceva Logistics in Queensland.

Queensland TWU Secretary Peter Biagini says the union applied for collective bargaining approval after its members complained Hanson was trying to introduce an unfair contract.

Owner-drivers who wish to collectively bargain will be able to form a bargaining group, with the TWU providing administrative support.

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