“Ron Finemore Transport has long advocated for a safer road industry and a safety assessment system for operators,” said Mr. Sheldon. The Wodonga-based transport company is being questioned at the Woolworths Distribution Centre in Barnawartha for alleged underpaid HGV drivers. “Together, with initiatives such as the Safety Rating Scheme, we are helping to save lives on our roads so that transportation customers, drivers and the community can get to know the operators who put safety first.” With this agreement, drivers will have a fair day for a difficult day`s work, safety standards will be unmatched and we have made commitments to help build a safer road industry,” said McIntosh. Nick McIntosh, head of TWU NSW, said the deal was a potential game change for truckers across Australia. “This agreement shows that you are able to successfully operate trucks in regional Australia, play fairly by your workers and maintain top-notch safety standards,” Finemore said. THE Transport Workers` Union has signed an enterprise agreement with Ron Finemore Transport to conclude a safer and fairer agreement for regional truck drivers in NSW, Victoria and Queensland. Ron Finemore said he was pleased to enter into an agreement with the TWU and the company`s drivers that will allow them to continue to provide safe and effective services to their customers. TWU national secretary Tony Sheldon said the deal was a strong statement to transport companies across Australia that drivers and their employers are committed to developing a safer road industry. “What happened is as part of the existing enterprise agreement that was reached when they won the new contract in the distribution centre, Ron Finemore Transport is not yet paying the agreed amount,” the spokesman said.
“Our philosophy is to take care of our people and they will take care of us.” Safety in the truck industry has always been a passion for me, and I want to encourage other regional operators to contribute to the creation of a safer industry. “We spent long hours at the negotiating table. It was hard, but it was always fair,” Larfield said.