Thousands of owner-driver couriers across NSW will receive pay increases of between 7% and 11% from today, thanks to a TWU victory in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission.
The rise in minimum pay rates comes amid massive increases in owner-drivers’ operating costs such as fuel and toll roads – the latter increasing by 2.1% today also.
Under the TWU’s successful changes to theGeneral Carriers Contract Determination and Courier and Taxi Truck Contract Determination, owner-drivers of smaller vehicles will see the following increases to their minimum rates of pay:
|Vehicle Carrying Capacity||% increase|
|750kg – 1 tonne||6.9%|
|1 – 1.5 tonne||8.0%|
|1.5 – 3 tonne||8.4%|
TWU NSW State Secretary Richard Olsen said the win would come as welcome relief at a time where owner-drivers were struggling to keep up with increases in operating costs and the cost of living.
“The minimum rates for owner-drivers with small vehicles have barely moved since they were first set 15 years ago. These increases won by the TWU are long overdue and will help owner-drivers keep up with costs such as fuel and toll roads which seem to never stop going up” Mr Olsen said.
“And the good news isn’t over yet – under the TWU’s successful application, drivers will receive similar increases on the 1st July in 2023 and 2024 as well.”
The increased rates will also apply to Amazon Flex couriers, who will now be entitled to a minimum rate of $31.84 per hour.
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