Truck at the highway in Melbourne.
Truck at the highway in Melbourne. martin-dm

Truckies thoughts on wages

"IS THERE a decent quid to be made driving trucks?”

That's the issue that Big Rigs contributor Bruce Honeywill tackled in our last edition and it created much discussion between truck drivers on our social media feeds.

Stuart McColl said line haul on kilometre rate looked good at the end of each week, but divide it by the hours you drive, the hours sitting waiting to load or unload and the fact that you're "living in a shoe box six-days-a-week” and paying for roadside meals, it worked out at way less than the minimum award wage.

"It's only good moneybags weekly because you give up your life for the job,” he said.

Daniel Hodgess reckoned "currently you can make good money, but you need to work big hours, 60 plus”.

"But then you have a sick day or a holiday and you make nothing. Realistically, I think we'd all do better on a flat rate, with sick and holidays paid at the hours we would typically do.”

Raymondo Sundblom said he thought it wasn't worth it, having to deal with fines because you "didn't cross the T or dotted the I or made one small mistake”.

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