Tribunal in Australia rules in favour of union in TNT dispute
Release date: 18/03/2011
A workplace tribunal in Australia has ruled in favour of an Australian affiliate, after the union filed an application against TNT for breaching bargaining laws.
The tribunal, Fair Work Australia, ruled that TNT had breached good faith bargaining laws by refusing to honour benefits agreed with the ITF-affiliated Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) of Australia. These included pay and leave for union representatives to attend union meetings. The move by TNT takes place against a backdrop of a programme of industrial action by the union over pay and conditions.
Fair Work Australia’s commissioner Ian Cambridge rejected TNT’s argument that it had refused to grant the benefits for operational reasons. He concluded instead that retaliation over industrial action organised by the TWU and participated in by members was the key motivation for the refusal.
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