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VTA supports ARTIO in safety and remuneration standards despite fears of RSRT revival

The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) has called for the Australian Road Transport Industrial Organisation (ARTIO) to play a major role in the establishment and setting of any new version of “Safe Rates” and the now defunct Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT), should there be a change of federal government next year.

The endorsement follows Senator Glenn Sterle, the shadow assistant road safety minister meeting with industry representatives including the VTA during the week to discuss a range of issues.

Operators currently face issues regarding safety, remuneration, payment terms, productivity and other matters impacting freight and logistics.

VTA CEO Peter Anderson said it was essential that ARTIO, as the peak body tasked with representing the transport industry and its members on workplace and industrial relations matters including those before the Fair Work Commission, played a key role on any new version of the RSRT.

“ARTIO – as a national body focussed on industrial relations for the road transport industry – is uniquely placed to offer a national perspective on remuneration and safety as it applies to transport operators and those they employ because of its close integration with state-based industry groups like the VTA and others around Australia,” said Anderson.

“The RSRT was poorly implemented, and it is encouraging that Senator Sterle has openly stated a federal Labor Government would not rush into a similar model that doesn’t work,” he said.

“However, we do recognise the potential value of a system that ensures minimum standards of operation, safety and labour welfare, that has the endorsement of industry and operators.”

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