FTA launches wages service
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• Detailed information about the remuneration actually being paid to goods vehicle drivers by a cross-section of companies is now being made available by the Freight Transport Association to its members. The points covered by the information service are drivers' average gross, basic, guaranteed and bonus pay; average hours; bonus arrangements if any, and range of payment; holiday payments and entitlement; sickness payments; and subsistence allowances.
Such information, says PTA, is an essential of wage negotiation but was not previously available. To cater for local variations the country has been divided into 44 areas, shown in the accompanying diagram, each of which will be surveyed twice a year. Information is in code to prevent companies being identified.
The information summaries are available only by annual subscription at £4 per area, though there is a special rate of £3 per area per year to members ordering summar ies for five or more areas at one time and the maximum fee payable is £75.