The Professional Drivers' Association of Australia (PDAA) is an industrial association of employees, (an unregistered trade union) whose principal purpose is to protect and promote the interests of members in matters concerning their employment.
The PDAA constitution provides the basis for a new type of employee representative organisation that focuses on professional development, representation and protection of its Members. We have chosen not to become a ‘Registered Organisation’ because under International Labour Organisation conventions C087 and C098 as enacted under the Fair Work Act 2009 and adopted by each respective State Industrial Relations and Employment Acts, the members of one trade union cannot be discriminated against over the members of another trade union. Accordingly, we provide all the services that the existing legacy unions TWU and RTBU provides and with the skills and backup of an experienced legal team.
This Association is built around each Branch. It's a "ground-up" organisation rather than a "top-down" one. The Branch Executive, who you elect, will deal with all matters in your school or area. The Branch also sends delegates to the State Convention who elect the State Executive.
Each branch will have its own guaranteed sub-account and finances controlled by the branch members themselves. Members will have a real say in how the money is spent such as educational and professional development needs.
PDAA Constitution and National Naming Protocols
The Professional Drivers' Association of Australia (PDAA) is the trading or operational name of an incorporated “Not for profit” member-based association registered by “Fair Trade Queensland” called QDrivers First inc.
This naming protocol is to maintain the integrity of the project and to protect the branding for use in similarly constituted associations in all the other states. In the near future you will see PDAQ, PDAV, PDAT etc in the other states with a central elected body PDAA (Professional Drivers Association of Australia) whose principal purpose will be to ensure the respective state-based constitutions are adhered to and to deal with any issues of a national nature. These names are all licensed from the principle service provider Queensland Association Services Group Pty Ltd. (QAS Group). This is the body which funded the formation of this project.
The constitution sets out the rules under which QDrivers First inc operating as PDAA runs. Members can access the complete document at our offices at The Emporium, Level 2, 1024 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley, Queensland.
- Members Interests are the First and Only Interests
Our constitution determines that only driver member issues can be dealt with. PDAA does not have a party political wing, or any other wing for that matter, which can take priority over driver issues. Drivers' interests are our only interest.
- Party Political Contributions
We have no objections to other trade unions using their members’ fees for party political purposes. We claim no higher virtue but the PDAA constitution simply prohibits the elected executive from doing that with our members' money. That is the main reason why our fees are lower.
- Executive Refreshment
Other than for the inaugural period (whilst we are developing systems and building the database and membership) the State Executive, meaning the State President, Vice President and Treasurer must change every two years. There will always be fresh blood at the top. There are no jobs for life in the PDAA.
- Separation of Policy Determination and Service Provision
The elected drivers' executive makes policy. The contracted Service Provider, which is a subsidiary of QAS Group, are the business people and the legal and industrial relations specialists, who conduct service delivery. This is largely the same team who service the highly successful Nurses Professional Association of Queensland (NPAQ). We keep both arms separate. Support for member issues needs to be tightly managed to keep the association financially viable and your membership fees low.
- Devolved Branch Structure
Members can form branches to better represent regional, sectional or facilitative interests. PDAA runs from the members up not from the top down.
Branches will automatically get a share of the membership fees. The branch finances are not controlled by the state executive, but by the branch executive, so all monies will be wisely spent on what branch members want.
- Policy Developments and Focus on Member Benefits
The constitution sets out a policy development process.
The policy will continue to be developed by working driver members and will, as a result, promote what drivers see as important, not what union officials may want.
Professional Drivers' Association of Australia (PDAA) is an industrial association of employees, (an unregistered trade union) whose principal purpose is to protect and promote the interests of members in matters concerning their employment. We are a non-party political alternative to the TWU and RTBU. Our membership fees are significantly lower and we provide all the same services.