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 Post subject: RHA Meeting
PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 9:04 pm 
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Below is an email received today from Mr Richard Burnett CEO RHA following my meeting with him on the 8th March.
I will now need to look at if and how we can continue with these negotiations in the future.
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Barrie good morning and apologies for the length of time it has taken for me to write, there has been a lot going on in the world of transport since we met and I think its fair to say I have been inundated.
I would of course like to thank you for making time to meet with me in Peterborough to discuss the important role that the driver plays in the logistics industry and the critical issues that you see that are effecting driver retention and recruitment. Clearly as an industry we have a lot of work to do still to attract both a younger audience and woman into the industry as well.
We talked a length about conditions, but there were a number of specific issues that you felt were real priorities that the industry needed to fix to improve driver retention and recruitment in the medium to long term. The issues that you raised and I captured were as follows:
1. Long hours
2. Wages (£7.50 an hour)
3. Drivers being rushed and put under pressure
4. Driver CPC - quality of courses, content and cost for those drivers that have paid themselves
5. Cost of driver medicals
6. Driver facilities, parking, cost of parking
7. Treatment of drivers at delivery points
In my experience if you are going to influence change you need good constructive evidence that supports what you are saying. Without this you have no chance of getting Government or Industry to listen.
As I explained on the day, I am happy to engage further and reaffirm my offer of a round table discussion. If you could organise a group and cross section of drivers, I will organise a date and venue to listen.
This session will need to be constructive, balanced and informative, but also needs to be supported with facts and figures that back up the views and opinions that we discussed. That means anecdotal evidence won’t cut it, and a real poll of your members on the issues that you raised is critical to both understanding the issues, but then addressing them with pragmatic solutions in the longer term. For instance on drivers wages, how many business’s pay £7.50 an hour, in what sectors (general haulage, livestock, tipper etc?), is it a flat rate or a rate based upon minimum basic hours plus time and half thereafter with double time for weekends?
I hope this summary captures the essence of what we discussed and look forward to catching up again soon. I will of course be in touch with a date, time of location for our agreed round table discussion.
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Richard Burnett

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 Post subject: Re: RHA Meeting
PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 9:05 pm 
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My Reply to email above :arrow:

Mr Burnett
Thank you for your correspondence in reply to our meeting of the 8th March.
Your reply has been published so drivers can see your considerations on how to further progress in resolving some of the issues drivers have and most have welcomed it, but as expressed to you a number still consider the RHA as not wanting to help drivers. This is mainly due to them never recognizing what might go on in the background and how long some things can take to be of benefit.
I thank you for your offer of round table talks and as such will need a few months to allow time to gather information and make it presentable, Possibly best for me to contact you when we as Drivers are ready for more talks.
My consideration is that there is still a very poor lack of communication between Driver and the Industry and for drivers to be seen as respected and a part of the Industry. This is something that needs to be looked into in the short term so drivers can recognize it.
The PDU-UK is trying to bring about a form of unity and a platform of communication between Driver and other bodies within the Industry, RHA, FTA, GOV, DVSA, VOSA all who need on occasion to inform Drivers. The same applies in that Drivers sometimes need to be involved in decision making before and not after it is presented.
Within the PDU in the future there will be a news and information portal where we can inform drivers and it is my hope that other Industry bodies might use this to inform drivers.
There is a lot of work to do to resolve some of the issues, of which in return it will help bring new recruits into the profession and possibly halt any shortage, there are 1000s of drivers already with a licence who will no longer work in the conditions presently at hand but many who would consider coming back if changes are brought about to attract them.
Drivers are the main source of recruitment by encouragement and recommendation but at present the majority within could not recommend it to others that this is a good career choice and this is why drivers need to be far more a part of the Industry in decision making and respected to have a say within it.
The Industry is losing 1000s of proud, highly experienced drivers who passed on their skills to the younger generation and this is a disaster for the long term of the Industry.
4 years ago when I worked with SfL and other bodies I produced along with other drivers the “Drivers Consultation Paper” http://www.truckersworld.co.uk/Skills-Crisis.htm to give an insight into the problems and concerns of Drivers and it was presented to the Industry.
To date I fail to recognize one improvement from within our concerns. It is now well outdated but still gives a good review of the problems.
After our discussion I hope the RHA might consider inviting the PDU if at any time they might want to hear a view from a drivers standing at seminars or meetings. After campaigning for drivers for 14 years I do have a good understanding and the PDU within its media can obtain opinion on certain matters from a wide audience to be presentable from many.
I thank you again for granting me your time for our meeting and I now hope the door for further communication is wide open.
Drivers need to be “seen” as respected and a part of the Industry and maybe the PDU can offer the portal to present it and form the communication between us all.
I will be in contact soon.
Best regards
Barrie Tozer
www.pdu-uk.co.uk

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