Cabbies say they cop abuse for $8 an hour

ROCKHAMPTON and Yeppoon taxi drivers will meet with the Queensland Workplace Rights Ombudsman Don Brown this week as part of a statewide investigation into drivers’ claims of being ripped off and abused at work.

The investigation follows claims made to the Queensland Workplace Rights Office about taxi drivers being underpaid, physically abused and denied justice in the workplace.

Mr Brown said hourly earnings were sometimes below the poverty line, with drivers reporting as little as $8 per hour for payments.

“These rates of pay are among the lowest for adult Queenslanders, something we all could reflect upon next time we hire a cab,” Mr Brown said.

“A payment of $8 an hour works out at about $15,000 a year; hardly enough to raise a family and pay off a mortgage in 2009.”

Yesterday the chairman of Rocky Cabs, Wayne Davey, said drivers were looking forward to meeting the Ombudsman.

Mr Davey said a survey had been sent out to drivers about their conditions.

Mr Brown will be in Rockhampton on Wednesday and Yeppoon on Thursday.

– Adam Wratten



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