TNT faces 24-hour strike from drivers/TOLL ballot extended.

Release date: 16/02/2011

More than 1500 drivers at international transport operator, TNT, will stop work for 24 hours today across the country as the workforce continues to bargain for improved wages, conditions and protections at the company.

Transport Workers Union acting national secretary, Michael Kaine, said TNT had said no to meetings with the rank and file negotiating committee four times since the last protected action on January 28.

“The management of TNT is refusing to even talk about affective protections in job security and safety across the operations,” Mr Kaine said.

“TNT management declined to modify its offer in relation to increased superannuation or site rates as part of the negotiations,” Mr Kaine said.

In a separate EBA negotiation with TOLL, the TWU yesterday successfully obtained orders from Commissioner Harrison in Fair Work Australia to gain extra time for members to vote after problems with the election process.

“The independent AEC runs the election process but large number of members had reported they failed to receive their voting materials prior to the closing date of the ballot,” Mr Kaine said.

“Fair Work Australia has provided members an extension from February 15, to February 28 to get their votes in,” Mr Kaine said.

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