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$90,000 Back Pay For Transport Workers

Saturday, January 15th, 2011


Twenty-nine Gippsland transport workers are being reimbursed almost $90,000 after an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman found they were underpaid.


The workers – all from the same company – were underpaid the minimum hourly rate, penalty rates and superannuation.

After Traralgon-based Fair Work inspectors contacted the employer and explained its obligations, the company has agreed to back-pay all entitlements in full.

The largest individual underpayment was $5700.

The transport company was randomly audited as part of the Fair Work Ombudsman’s regular auditing activity. In another local case, a South Gippsland manager has been back-paid $13,400 after he was underpaid annual leave entitlements.

Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says that given the employers all co-operated with inspectors and agreed to voluntarily rectify the underpayments, there will be no further action against the companies involved.

“We have a flexible, fair approach and our preference is always to work with employers to help them voluntarily rectify any non-compliance issues we identify,” he said.

Mr Campbell says the Agency places a strong focus on educating and assisting employers to understand and comply with workplace laws. “We are serious about our job of ensuring regional communities understand their rights and obligations in the workplace.”

Mr Campbell says employers need to regularly review their Award or agreement to ensure they are fully aware of their obligations to their workers.

The Fair Work Ombudsman has a number of tools on its website – www.fairwork.gov.au to assist employees and employers to check minimum rates of pay. Small to medium-sized businesses without human resources staff can also ensure they are better equipped when hiring, managing and dismissing employees by using free template employment documentation with step-by-step instructions.

Employers or employees seeking assistance or further information can also contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 from 8am-6pm weekdays.
For translations, call 13 14 50.
Note: We are unable identify the businesses involved or provide additional information on the cases

Fleet Advantage Cards Save You Money

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Fleet Advantage Cards can save you money

The Fleet Advantage card stands alone in the credit card fuel market and is the Australian Truckies fuel card of choice in what can be a confusing marketplace.
With so many different fuel and diesel card offerings in the marketplace, it is often hard to compare apples with apples. Some cards offer discounts on fuel, some offer the convenience of acceptance across multiple brands and sites and some more favourable credit and trading terms. One thing that all these products have in common however, are the monthly card fees and costs. Depending on which card you choose, these fees can ultimately determine whether you are really saving money at all!

Disguised as transaction fees or monthly admin charges, either way, it comes out of your pocket. Let’s assume you have a fleet of 40 vehicles and your current card costs are $3 per card per month, it will cost your business $1440 per year to have this convenience. However if the same fleet had the Fleet Advantage fuel card, which has an administration card cost of only 0.99 cents per card per month, then your total cost per year would be just $475.20 – a massive saving of $964.80 per year.

The difference with Fleet Advantage is that it has negotiated a buying group price arrangement for businesses both big and small. Whether you are a transport fleet hauling freight, a courier driver running about town, a tradesman getting the job done or you own one or a fleet of taxis, Fleet Advantage understands how hard it is negotiate with the major fuel companies and has done all the hard work for you.

Fleet Advantage customers will not only get the lower admin fees but can also take advantage of the pre-negotiated discounts of 4.4 cents per litre off Diesel and Unleaded and 15 cents per litre off LPG. All discounts are calculated off the daily Shell card posted price and are available at all Shell/Coles sites nationally.

Fleet Advantage…finally a fuel card that gives you the “Advantage!”

To find out more about Fleet Advantage or to apply for a Fleet Advantage Fuel Card, visit www.fleetadvantage.com.au

Melbourne means business 2010

Friday, July 10th, 2009
Melbourne means business

Melbourne means business

The facts are undisputed: Melbourne’s 2008 International Truck, Trailer & Equipment Show was the largest dedicated road transport expo ever to be staged in the Southern Hemisphere. And now the organisers are gearing up to make it even bigger and better in 2010.


The facts are undisputed; Melbourne’s 2008 International Truck, Trailer & Equipment Show was the largest dedicated road transport expo ever to be staged in the southern hemisphere. Over 300 national and international based companies, representing all major truck, trailer and ancillary equipment suppliers, made the Melbourne Showgrounds site their home to demonstrate the dynamics and cost efficiencies of their products and services.

Such was the size of the event that it attracted over 35,000 genuine business leads from around Australia and overseas. All the exhibitors surveyed reported that the Melbourne based show brought high quality trade visitors to their stands and very few, if any, of the so called tyre kickers. The high level of business activities also moved off site, after dark, as many networking events were staged in and around the city precinct, located just 10 minutes from the newly renovated Showgrounds venue.

The success of the 2008 event, and the subsequent requests from previous and new exhibitors for more display space, has prompted the organisers, Transport Marketing Australia, to expand both the show and management committee. “We have now negotiated with the Melbourne Showgrounds to open the last of the remaining pavilions and outside areas for display use. In essence, the 2010 show will absorb all available showground space to cater for both the local and overseas industry involvement,” Showtimes will remain the same as the previous inaugural event commencing at10 a.m. and closing at 6 p.m., each day. With the move to the month of March, trade visitors and exhibitors alike can take full advantage of the States daylight savings times as well as Melbourne’s balmy autumn weather.

To be part of the 2010 exhibition action contact Transport Marketing Australia on +61 3 9690 7022 or info@trucktrailershow.com.auThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it mailto: info@trucktrailershow.com.auThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Earth Cruiser at Brisbane Truck Show

Monday, May 4th, 2009

The world’s first unveiling of ‘Earth Cruiser’ and it’s made in Australia !
Regular readers could be forgiven for thinking the Queensland Truck & Machinery Show being held at Brisbane’s RNA Showgrounds this coming May 14 -17 will be an event just for the heavy vehicle and mining industry, but they would be pleasantly surprised!


For at the 2009 show there will be plenty to see and do for the whole family, with some amazing big rigs, trailers, diggers and earthmoving equipment to thrill the youngsters and some amazing creative and visually stunning concept vehicles to attract and satisfy any audience.
Amongst those who should consider a trip to the show would also be the adventurous holiday makers or the budding grey nomads and thrill seeking cross country and across the globe explorers who want to do it in luxury surroundings. Because on exclusive display at this year’s show will be the world’s first unveiling of ‘Earth Cruiser’ an all terrain 4×4 motor home that offers extended and comfortable travel to places that most people only read about in adventure magazines, while still benefiting from luxurious accommodation.

More than just a mobile home for driving around coastline and countryside ‘Earth Cruiser’ delivers the opportunity to adventure to exotic parts of the world that extend beyond the map where a standard mobile home could never venture! Extensive market research has shown that a medium sized 4×4 motor home with luxury and energy saving appointments that can simply be driven into a shipping container for international touring, is missing from the world stage.
Earth Cruiser is purpose built by ‘All Terrain Motorhomes’ a Queensland company owned and operated by two talented individuals, Kym Bolton and Lance Gillies, each with over 25 years experience in their respective fields.

The first ever EarthCruiser will be on the Mitsubishi Fuso stand at the Queensland Truck & Machinery Show RNA Showgrounds 14 – 17 May 2009.
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Truckies smashed by bookings and fines spree

Monday, February 16th, 2009

What the hell is going on with the spate of some unrealistic bookings and fines police are sourcing from our truckies? Road safety is an issue we all accept, after all, the roads and highways are our workplace, but some of this recent stuff is ridiculous.


We’re all doing it tough at the moment and can do without some of this rubbish to contend with. If floods and bushfires are not enough to contend with nationally, truckies are being hit with big fines and bookings from police. Recently one truckie was booked for being 5mm over length. Another truckie was hit with a $600 fine and loss of 3 points for not entering a change of activity in his log book after parking and before he went to sleep. Yet another $600 fine and loss of 3 points went to another truckie for not logging a change of activity when he stopped to check his chains and go to the toilet. But wait there is even more, fines for 30cms over length on a body truck, and another truckie was booked by police after driving from Mackay to Brisbane in 10 hours even though we know it is a 10 hour run with no slow traffic to contend with. If you know of any other over the top fines, let us know by clicking on the comments at the end of this article (the comments link).

Are GPS units a legal unit of measurement for prosecution? Police seem to think they are…so watch out truckies….it’s all happening out there!!!