VTA will explore IR at conference

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The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) says the industrial relations landscape in the Australian freight and logistics industry will feature prominently at its State Conference 2023 later this month.

With the Conference focus on skills and training in the context of People First – Managing Transport’s Greatest Asset, industrial relations is especially topical, and the VTA is pleased to welcome several experts to update delegates on the latest legislation and regulation.

“I’m looking forward to participating in a panel session with Queensland Trucking Association CEO Gary Mahon and Transport Workers’ Union National Secretary Michael Kaine to discuss key issues for transport workers and their employers,” Peter Anderson, VTA CEO, says.

“It’s encouraging that employer and employee representative groups can come together to champion progress and reform on common issues that are important for transport operators and staff, like safety, productivity, and creating policy settings that are appropriate for our industry.”

He adds that he, Michael, and Gary have a great passion for transport, and with issues like minimum standards, the gig economy, and labour shortages as prominent as they are, they have the ingredients for productive discussions.

Rigby Cooke Lawyers Special Counsel Victoria Comino will provide the VTA and its members specialist industrial relations advice, and Victoria’s presentation on enterprise bargaining in 2023 and managing long-term absenteeism.

Rounding out the Industrial Relations session will be presentations from WorkSafe Victoria Programs Manager, Agriculture and Transport Safety, Jen Grigg, and Victoria Police Divisional Commander for Road Policing Operations & Investigations, Superintendent John Fitzpatrick.

With safety and enforcement intrinsic in any discussion about people in transport, the VTA is fortunate to have experts like Grigg and Fitzpatrick to address delegates.

State Conference 2023 is proudly sponsored by TWUSUPER, whose support the VTA and freight industry has gratefully enjoyed for many years as the industry super fund for transport workers.

Registration for the event is still open and to be part of the discussion, the VTA says it encourages members and industry representatives to participate at Silverwater Resort, Philip Island from Sunday March 19 till Tuesday March 21.

For more information on the Victorian Transport Association, click here.


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