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Attention QUBE workers

Last Friday the union lodged your workplace agreement with the Fair Work Commission for approval. The Fair Work Commission will now decide if the workplace agreement is approved (every agreement is certified by the Fair Work Commission).

The union has supported the approval of the document but is seeking clarification on certain wording to ensure workers are safe from company attacks like roster arrangements and the use of casual workers.

The Fair Work Act ensures the Union can seek clarification.  

During report back meetings in February the company promised that on a positive vote backpay would be paid to workers. The company now needs to decide when they will honor this promise to workers.  

What now?
The union will continue to fight for your entitlements.

How long?
The timeline is unclear. Negotiations may re-commence because the company has delayed the lodging of the document until the union lodged the document.

For further information contact your TWU delegate.

Download bulletin as a PDF here.


Drivers tell Coles "Not Good Enough!"

Our Coles Online member-led negotiating team has met with management again.
They told management that Coles’ rejection of our status, rights and conditions as drivers is not good enough.
With drivers’ support from across the country, our team said that we will continue to fight for Coles Online work to be recognised as transport work.
Together we can show Coles that we’re serious in our fight for a safe and fair agreement that secures:
  • Safe driving plans
  • Driver consultation
  • Appropriate safety equipment for the work we do
  • Fair dispute resolution
  • Rostering and breaks that comply with fatigue management laws
  • Safe and fair wages
  • Safe shift arrangements and appropriate payment

Speak to your TWU delegate for more information on what happened in negotiations and don’t forget to sign the petition - available from your delegate or organiser or sign it online here

Tippers Draft Heads Of Agreement

Your union, the TWU, has kicked off negotiations with Plant Hire Operators to lock in a commitment to fair rates and conditions across the industry. A draft Heads of Agreement, that outlines fair rates and conditions, forms the basis of these negotiations and is available for you to view as a PDF file here.

The race to the bottom must end! Working for cost (or less than cost) does not make long term sense. We need everyone's support to win all Tippers a better, fairer deal and help build a stronger industry.

Support a better deal. Join the TWU today. Call 1300 727 614 or join online here.

Mud Carters Unite

TWU Mud Carters negotiations update

The TWU and the rank and file drivers committee have now held three meetings with the Plant Hires. The aim of these meetings has been to secure an agreement on rates and conditions that will allow owner drivers to a make a decent living. At our most recent meeting the following plant hires turned up; Fleet, Kingston, Go Green and ResourceCo, with Mad Bros being an apology. These companies broadly agreed that our claims are fair, but they are unable to sign up until the other plant hire companies commit to a similar arrangement.

We are at a crossroad in our campaign!

For Mud Carters to receive a safe and livable rate we need to secure commitment from all the Plant Hire's - in particular from Lantrak and EPH. The TWU will be holding a mass meeting of Mud Carters in the coming weeks to endorse a plan of action as part of our fight for safe and livable rate. The TWU will send text messages advertising our next meeting, or you can join the Facebook page Tipper Trucks Victoria for more information.

United we bargain, divided we beg!

For further information contact your delegate or your TWU Organisers Manny Spieri 0402 039 200 & Luke McCrone 0424 026 637.

Help us spread the word, download a PDF of the flyer here

Tippers - your rates & chain of responsibility


Minimum rates of pay for Tip Truck Owner Drivers were agreed in a Memorandum of Understanding between Industry Plant Owners and the TWU Owner Drivers Committee of Tippers a number of years ago and effective from 01st July 2008! They are the minimum rates you should be expected to work for as an owner driver. They are;

TRUCK and TRAILER : All rates are based on a minimum 9 hours

Hourfv Rate: Clean Fill

$130.00 per Hour

Contract Rate (+20%)

$1404.00 per day

Rock Rate

$140.00 per Hour

Contract Rate (+20%)

$1512.00 per day

E.P.A Rate

$155.00 per Hour

Contract Rate (+20%) .

$1674.00 per day

TANDEM TIPPERS : All rates based on minimum 9 hours

Hourly Rate:

Clean Fill

$85.00 per Hour

Contract Rate

$918,00 per day


$90,00 per Hour

Contract Rate

$972.00 per day

Rock Rate



$100.00 per Day

Contract Rate

$1080,00 per day

E.P.A Rate


Before you accept a job you should ask what rates you are being hired on.

The full Memorandum of Understanding can be downloaded as a pdf here.

Chain of Responsibility - "It's the Law"

Traditionally, Tip-truck drivers have worn the entire brunt for blame and penalties when a mishap has occurred on the road. New Changes to Road Safety law aimed at the heavy truck industry brings all those involved in the event under closer scrutiny.

The driver is in control of the vehicle on the road and has responsibilities to other road users. It is not intended that the chain of responsibility will remove these responsibilities, but will be clearly defined and limited to what they reasonably ought to be liable for. Truck drivers will have specific defences to ensure that the liability is not imposed unfairly. Drivers can identify /nominate those who directly or indirectly contributed, pressured, refused to listen to concerns, forced or coerced.

Chain of Responsibility (COR);

Any party who has control in a transport operation can be held responsible and may be legally liable.



At law, everybody involved will be held responsible and be accountable for their contribution to the mishap, not just the truckle. Can YOU justify to the VicPolice, Worksafe, Coroner, VicRoads & Unions that you had no part, actual or implied in the overloading or speeding?

Are you prepared to face jail for doing your job? Think beyond the obvious overloading and/or speeding fine and where the truckle is involved in a fatality.
Legislation includes special liability for individuals, corporations and organisations, keeping in line with Occupational Health & Safety, Corporation Laws and the Crimes Act (Vic)

Duty of Care / Due Diligence

Duty of care is at the centre of many legislative requirements including Chain of Responsibility (COR), OHS and the corner stone of common law in Australia. Duty of Care is an important legal concept that has long been used by the courts to impose liability in negligence or damages claims.

More so the Occupational Health & Safety Act (Vic);

Division 2 — Main duties of employers

21. Duties of employers to employees

(1) An employer must, so far as is reasonably practicable, provide and maintain for employees of the employer a working environment that is safe and without risks to health.Penalty: 1800 penalty units for a natural person; 9000 penalty units for a body corporate.

(2) Without limiting sub-section (1), an employer contravenes that sub-section if the employer fails to do any of the following —

(a) provide or maintain plant or systems of work that are, so far as is reasonably practicable, safe and without risks to health;
(b) make arrangements for ensuring, so far as is reasonably practicable, safety and the absence of risks to health in connection with the use, handling,
storage or transport of plant or substances;
(c) maintain, so far as is reasonably practicable, each workplace under the employer's management and control in a condition that is safe and without
risks to health;
(d) provide, so far as is reasonably practicable, adequate facilities for the welfare of employees at any workplace under the management and control of
the employer;
(e) provide such information, instruction, training or supervision to employees of the employer as is necessary to enable those persons to perform their work in a way that is safe and without risks to health.

(3) For the purposes of sub-sections (1) and (2)—

(a) a reference to an employee includes a reference to an independent contractor engaged by an employer and any employees of the independent contractor; and
(b) the duties of an employer under those sub-sections extend to an independent contractor engaged by the employer, and any employees of the
independent contractor, in relation to matters over which the employer has control or would have control if not for any agreement purporting to limit or remove that control.

(4) An offence against sub-section (1) is an indictable offence.

What does this mean?

Responsible person/s having control of any person or situation at a site must consider and undertake a process of identifying likely hazards that have a potential to cause death, injury or loss. Typically combinations of likely hazards are inappropriate supervision, loading control and incentive cartage rates
that may lead to speeding and overloading. At Law, people like "Site Forman" or cannot side step responsibility for overloading entirely onto the
truck driver. The Site Foreman acts on behalf of the employer and typically has hands-on responsibility for loading systems (Plant maintenance, loader Operators, access & egress, planning, traffic management, JSA's ...etc) Responsible persons that coerce, bully or harass a truck driver to "shut-up or
piss off" and book off protesting drivers will have a very limited, if any, legal defence and they become captured in the Chain of Responsibility (COR)
Agents and quoting personnel do NOT escape either. Those who set (accept) a price based on unrealistic / unachievable run times or base quotes on overloading are drawn into the same legal action.

Be mindful there is NO legal defence in claiming lack of knowledge or "no-one informed you" Machine/Plant Operators & Loaders are also exposed who receive instruction directly from the foreman/leading hand or refuse to heed advice from the drivers concerning vehicle load capacity leading
to overloading which may impact or cause Death, injury or loss

Prosecution - Chain of Responsibility

A recent prosecution of parties other than the driver has occurred under the Chain of responsibility. It involved sustained overloading by a sand mining company. Because no injury was recorded, in addition to the usual fines for drivers the company also received a $35,000 court fine. The company was deemed to be responsible because it had access to loading dockets on a day to day basis and therefore it was assumed the managers would and should, have known the trucks were overloaded.


If you ignore your legal responsibilities, you along with everyone else will face the same consequences at law, fines or jail.


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