The Federal Government has passed the Road Safety Remuneration Bill through the House of Representatives, and it is expected to pass comfortably through the Senate with the support of the Greens.


The Bill, which was passed despite the Federal Opposition voting against it, will see the establishment of a Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal on July 1 to dictate pay rates and remuneration-related conditions.


National Secretary of the Transport Workers Union, Tony Sheldon, has welcomed the ‘historic vote’ that will deliver safer working conditions.


“It has been known for decades that there is a safety crisis in the road transportation industry, and that this is linked to the rates of pay for truck drivers and the economic power of retailers,” Mr Sheldon said.