Transport workers could be out of a job

TRANSPORT employees will be forced into poverty if the Productivity Commission's draft report is implemented, the Transport Workers Union has warned.

TWU National Secretary Tony Sheldon said the recommendations on the report would devastate working Clarence Valley families and the economy.

"If we want a strong economy then we need quality, full-time, permanent jobs to fuel it," he said.

"This report will instead give us an Australia divided between the wealthy elites squeezing from the top and employees struggling at the bottom," he said.

"Plans to reduce penalty rates for some employees is unacceptable and would undoubtedly be broadened to include all workers."

He said if implemented, drivers would be forced to work longer hours on lower pay scales, which could ultimately have tragic results.

"In aviation workers are already earning low wages with 21% earning below the poverty line. These changes will lower standards and impoverish families," he said.