FIGHTING FOR SAFE RATES ON GOVERNMENT JOBS

June 12, 2018

The TWU (VIC/TAS Branch) recently alerted the Victorian Government to alarming Federal Government statistics concerning the transport industry – including the 184 people who died in 163 crashes involving heavy vehicles in the 12 months to 31 March this year and a Federal report linking low payments to crashes, speeding while fatigued and drug use.

The chart (ABOVE) provides some interesting statistics drawn from a recent Branch survey of owner driver members.

Over 44% of respondents work over 60 hours on a busy week and three-quarters over 40 hours a week – most of them barely make ends meet.

So when 97% say that hourly rates on State Government projects need to be mandated to replace the pay-by-the-load system – the powers that be need to stand up and pay attention. And we will make sure they do!

Watch this space!!!

 

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