ACCC allows collective bargaining for agitator drivers

Authorisation for owner drivers providing concrete cartage services to collectively bargain with Q-Crete has been granted by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. The Brisbane-based concrete supplier uses seven owner drivers to deliver concrete and also employs company drivers.

“The ACCC considers that the collective bargaining arrangements are likely to result in public benefits through transaction cost savings and providing the opportunity for increased owner driver input into contracts,” said Graeme Samuel, ACCC Chairman.

The ACCC says the arrangements are unlikely to significantly restrict competition given the limited scope of the proposed bargaining group and because participating in collective negotiations will be voluntary for both Q-Crete and the other drivers.

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