The Charter will cover all Toll employees across its 1,200 sites in 50 countries, follows negotiations between Toll, the Transport Workers’ Union, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and its other affiliated unions.
Though the Charter, launched at TWU National Council in Adelaide, Toll has committed to abide by international labour standards. The ‘global charter of principles’ outlines guiding principles by which crucial decisions will be made around the working conditions for Toll workers focusing on health and safety standards, business strategies and initiatives, improvements in working conditions in developing countries and the development of projects that increase industry standards and safety.
Under the charter, Toll, which represents 44,000 workers in road transport and distribution, logistics, supply chain and warehousing, has committed to making a significant investment in the development and implementation of a global project that will raise standards and safety in its main sectors.
Tony Sheldon said: “Toll’s employees are intrinsic to ensuring the success of the company. This Charter shows Toll’s commitment to its employees and its promise to put fairness and safety at the heart of its operations.”
“The transport industry is Australia’s deadliest and we know deaths in truck crashes are too high all over the world. It is this kind of commitment by a global player like Toll that will ensure transport is a safe sustainable industry that benefits all the community,” he added.
The Charter follows the announcement on Wednesday of an agreement between the TWU and Coles on to ensure safe, fair and transparent conditions for workers in the Coles supply chain and the on-demand economy. This follows a previous charter with Woolworths on supply chain monitoring and fairness.
The TWU is working with Toll and unions in the US over worker rights, safety and fairness at sites in California.
Toll Group this month announced a turnaround on its recent financial direction, reporting profit and revenue growth. Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) was $119 million for the year ended March 31, an improvement of over 70 per cent on the 2017 financial year.