The Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) has reached a breakthrough in negotiations with the Toll Group, with an in-principle agreement to be put to the TWU member-led negotiation committee, in advance of meetings at Toll yards right around the country over the coming weeks.
TWU National Secretary Tony Sheldon said Toll had moved its position following a successful protected action ballot – where more than 85% of votes cast were in favour of taking action.
Key elements of the in-principle agreement to be put to the member-led negotiation team include:
A 15.25% pay rise over four years;
A 1.5% increase to superannuation (with 0.75% linked to joint efforts to raise industry
Site Rates in NSW, other states to increase rates to award plus 10%
The Agreement applies to existing Toll transport workers, with TWU to be engaged in process of setting conditions for new work Toll has won.
“Job security and the creeping expansion of casualisation and outsourcing have been the big issues for Toll workers,” Mr Sheldon said.
“Last week’s overwhelming endorsement of protected action sent a clear message to management that the Toll workforce were determined to fight to secure a fair deal.
“Toll jobs should be good jobs – and that’s what this in-principle agreement is about.
“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.”
Mr Sheldon concluded, “Over the coming weeks the in–principle agreement will be discussed at yard meetings around the country by Toll workers.”