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TWU NSW TO PROTEST WAGE THEFT AT DIRECT COURIERS BANKSMEADOW

Release date: 12/04/2018

TWU NSW BRANCH MEDIA RELEASE, 11 April 2018
 
Direct Couriers is ripping off workers, using deceptive tactics to underpay drivers on wages and superannuation. This afternoon (Wednesday, 11 April 2018) the Transport Workers’ Union of NSW will protest wage theft at Direct Couriers. Event Time: 3pm Address: 107 Stephen Road, Banksmeadow, 2019

The company is exploiting its ability as a courier company to pay all drivers courier rates, flouting the legal minimum outlined in the General Carriers Contract Determination (GCCD). This is wage theft, and it is having broader implications across the industry as Direct Couriers wins contracts by slashing workers’ rates by 35% and undercutting established, trusted drivers.
 
In the case of one TWU NSW member, Direct Couriers consistently ripped him off by recording substantially fewer hours than he had actually worked. Over one period of 76 days worked, a massive 139 hours went unpaid by Direct Couriers.
 
The company is also only paying its workers a mere $38 a week in superannuation – two thirds of the legal minimum that employees doing the same job are entitled to.
 
But Direct Couriers’ conduct is not just putting workers at risk – it is risking the security of all Australians. To keep its costs shamefully low, the company is using an ad hoc transport model to attempt to provide cheap data and document management services to companies like Iron Mountain, whose clients include Google, Westpac, and the RBA.
 
In doing so, Direct Couriers is stealing jobs from dedicated transport providers and compromising the crucial safety of private and sensitive data and documents.
 
TWU NSW State Secretary Richard Olsen says, “Direct Couriers is stealing wages from drivers and in so doing, is taking food off their families’ tables. It is compromising not just the current financial security of drivers and their families, but also their ability to keep their heads above the water come retirement.”
 
“Let’s be perfectly clear: Direct Couriers is engaging in wage theft from drivers. If a worker had withheld these same amounts of money from Direct Couriers’ coffers, they would already be in jail for theft.”

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