Truckies win unfair contract case

Federal Minister for Small Business, Independent Contractors and the Service Economy Dr Craig Emerson has applauded a recent Federal Magistrates Court decision, which found in favour of three truckies, as an "historic judgement - the first substantive action brought for an unfair contract under the Independent Contractors Act".

In a statement dated 03/09/08, Dr Emerson said the Court found in favour of three owner-drivers (Keldote Pty Ltd, L&D Lowe Transportation Pty Ltd and Tambo Walters Pty Ltd) in an action against Riteway Transport Pty Ltd over unfair contracts.

In his judgement, Federal Magistrate Cameron concluded that the contracts were unfair, which sends a stern warning to businesses that treat independent contractors unfairly, said Dr Emerson.

"The ... contracts entitled Riteway to impose unilaterally, and without making financial compensation to the applicants, a significant change to the equipment required to service the contracts," said Dr Emerson.

4 September, 2008


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