THE call is out for feedback from truck owners affected by the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal’s payments order.
Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell said preliminary investigations revealed many owner-operators faced financial hardship in the aftermath of the order, with some unable to find work.
“It’s apparent there are owner-operators out there who are struggling to get back on their feet, partly because previous employers are reluctant to hire those small business drivers again,” she said.
Ms Carnell is urging businesses who have used owner-drivers in the past to consider doing so again.
“All we ask is that larger companies consider contracting owner-drivers wherever possible during this period, as they attempt to recoup their lost revenue and get their business back up and running,” she said.
“This will not only help ensure the long-term viability of small business owner-drivers in Australia, but fundamentally it will help ensure the entire road transport sector continues to remain competitive.”
People can contribute to the inquiry at www.asbfeo.gov.au/consultation
n The public is invited to give feedback at Midland Sports Complex, Lot 21 Patterson Drive, Middle Swan, on Friday, June 10, from 9am to 11am. Morning tea will be provided.