TWU strikes in-principle deal with Toll

Release date: 3/09/2013

The Transport Workers Union has struck an in-principle deal at the logistics giant, Toll Group, which the union claims includes pay rises of 15.25 per cent over four years.

Mark Skulley, AFR

The TWU claimed on Tuesday to have made a breakthrough in the talks after Toll employees last week approved taking legally-protected industrial action in support of an improved offer.

The union’s assistant national secretary, Michael Kaine, said Toll workers were concerned about job security and the “creeping expansion of casualisation and outsourcing”.

“The protected action ballot sent a clear message to Toll that our members were serious about getting a fair deal,” he said.

“The in-principle agreement means that Toll must provide a level playing field for all its employees, and takes away its incentive to move work into fly-by-night business units.”

Apart from the headline pay increase, the union said the proposed deal included a 1.5 per cent increase in superannuation contributions, with half of that rise linked to joint efforts to raise industry contributions.

The TWU says that Toll already pays so-called site rates in NSW, where labour hire and contractors get the same pay and conditions as employees. It says the new deal would see pay rates outside of NSW increase by 10 per cent above the award.

Mr Kaine said the new agreement would apply to existing Toll transport workers and the union TWU would be “engaged in a process of setting conditions for new work” won by the company.

The company has said that one of the TWU’s major concerns in the negotiations was to protect its coverage of employees against the rival National Union of Workers in areas such as warehousing. A Toll spokesman said the company was optimistic about getting a deal, but would not comment until it was accepted.

The offer has to be endorsed by the TWU’s negotiating committee before being put to meetings in Toll yards around the country.

It will cover about 10,000 employees and is likely to set a benchmark over new enterprise agreements at other major road transport companies.

Read this article on the Australian Financial Review website.

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