MEDIA RELEASE: Abolition of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal

Submitted by Bismark02 on Tue, 04/12/2016 - 14:19
The H.R. Nicholls Society supports and welcomes the Prime Minister’s pledge to abolish the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal. The Tribunal’s most recent order increasing the mandatory rates owner-operator truck drivers are required to charge threatens to push prices up by between 15 and 30 per cent and drive 35,000 self-employed truck drivers out of business. H.R. Nicholls Society’s President, Adam Bisits, said: “The tribunal’s order makes it illegal for self-employed drivers to compete on cost with larger employees. It means trucking becomes an industry where winners and losers are picked based on what type of business they are, not who can offer customers the best service. “An internationally competitive, efficient and reliable trucking industry is vital to Australia’s prosperity. Pricing owner-operators out of the market won’t just kill jobs and cause higher prices through less competition. It risks the further monopolisation of the industry by the Transport workers Union, in turn leaving major sectors of the economy vulnerable to industrial action. “The H.R. Nicholls Society believes that the best way to guarantee Australia has a competitive trucking industry is the wholesale abolition of all regulations that inhibit market forces, particularly price and wage fixing arrangements. Only then will all businesses be able to compete freely based on their relative strengths.” For Further Information: Adam Bisits President, HR Nicholls Society 0438 405 527