ARTIO welcomes announcement on tribunal appointments

The Australian Road Transport Industrial Organisation (ARTIO) has welcomed appointments to the newly established Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal.

The appointments were jointly announced by the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Financial Services and Superannuation the Hon Bill Shorten, and the Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations, Senator the Hon Jacinta Collins.

According to ARTIO National Secretary/Treasurer, Philip Lovel AM, it is important for the industry to get behind the Tribunal and to support its research and decisions because it provides an opportunity to create safer working conditions for truck drivers. “It is a fact that transport operators and truck drivers do face pressures from other supply chain parties which lead to adverse safety and commercial outcomes,” he said.

“While, road laws, workplace health and safety laws and vehicle standards have played a role in improving safety in the industry they have not provided the silver bullet to respond to these commercial pressures.”

Lovel also stated that industry appointees to the Tribunal collectively have considerable commercial, industrial relations and safety experience, which will be invaluable in developing the Tribunal’s work program as well as in adjudicating on matters brought to it by affected parties.

“Paul Ryan, who has been a very effective advocate and National Industrial Advisor for ARTIO for 12 years, is very highly respected by his peers in employer and Union ranks as well as by Fair Work Australia. He has spent nearly 25 years working in industrial relations in both Employee issues and Subcontractor negotiations in the Transport and Logistics industry,” Lovel said.

“Tim Squires has a lifetime of experience in the industry as a truck driver, senior manager, small business owner and as an elected representative of the Queensland Trucking Association, ARTIO Queensland Branch President and as ARTIO Vice-President.”

In conjunction with Steve Hutchins and Professor Ann Williamson, ARTIO believes the industry representatives will add value to the work of the Tribunal in improving safety outcomes in the freight and logistics industry.

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