MINIMUM WAVES * Australia: "Trucking tribunal ruined lives"
* ACT - The government has seized on claims a road safety tribunal it abolished caused emotional distress
--- Owner truck drivers experienced crippling financial hardship and emotional distress after a road safety tribunal ruling on minimum wages... Employment Minister Michaelia Cash on Thursday seized on the verdict of an inquiry by the small business ombudsman saying it validated the government's decision to axe the Gillard government's Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal... 'Its payments order was bad for small business, bad for truck drivers, bad for their families and it was bad for the Australian economy,' Cash told reporters in Canberra... She said people could not read the report without feeling immense empathy for the truckies whose lives were turned upside down... The pay decision did not cover employed truckies only the 35,000 owner drivers- making it cheaper for bigger companies who employ drivers... Senator Cash maintained the tribunal order had been designed to push owner drivers out of business and into major trucking companies where it was easier to unionise the workforce... Since the tribunal was axed Labor has continued to insist there is a direct correlation between minimum pay rates and road safety... The most perverse element of this sorry saga, was that the damage that was inflicted was done under the guise of safety, Senator Cash said...
(Photo by Lukas Coch/AAP: Truck drivers attend a rally organised by owner driver trucking companies in Canberra on Sunday calling for the road safety remuneration tribunal to be abolished) -- Canberra, ACT, Australia - Sky News - 15 September 2016