A WODONGA long-distance truck driver will receive $4000 after finding superannuation rules entitled him to more money.
Max Bird said he suspected thousands of drivers were missing out because they were unaware of the changes to the way their superannuation was calculated.
Road freight companies now must pay superannuation on the basis of a driver’s kilometre rate, not the weekly award rate of pay, which is usually lower.
The Walker’s Transport employee said drivers were not told about the obligation, introduced in 2009, and some companies had not paid the rise from 9 per cent to 9.25 per cent from July 1.
“There would be a lot of people out there who wouldn’t know about it,” Mr Bird said.
He said it had taken about a year to sort out his entitlement.
“I got about $4000 and three years’ of interest on top of that,” he said.
He and his colleagues had received the correct payment since January.
Walker’s Transport Wodonga owner Terry Walker said he had only became aware of the changes when the Australian Tax Office sent him a letter this year.
“It’s putting extra costs on the industry and where do they recoup that cost? Do we get that from the customer?” he asked.
“In cases where a driver doesn’t have a big pay week, he will not be better off under these calculations.”
The Transport Workers Union said most trucking companies had refused to pay and the union was encouraging drivers to complain to the tax office.
Border union representative Daryl Coghill said truck companies did not accept the ruling.
“In some cases, it doubles the amount of super they are required to pay,” he said.
Employer associations have applied to Fair Work Commission to vary the long-distance award but Mr Coghill said the union was challenging a variation.
“Companies are sitting on the payments, waiting for this decision to be handed down,” he said.
“The union expects the commission to decide the issue next month.”