LOWES PETROLEUM EBA UPDATE – APRIL 5TH

Progress has been slow as Lowes continues to reject a number of driver claims, While we do acknowledge that there has been some good simplification of the document. It is our view the document taken as a whole proposed by management represents large scale cuts to your pay and conditions.


EXPIRY DATE/BACK PAY

  • You haven’t had a pay increase for 6 months. You know how important the back pay is – we can’t accept the draft document as it stands.

FIRST PAY INCREASE

  • Lowes is barely offering you enough to cover costs of living, just 2%, 1.5% and 1.5%
  • The draft document does not even ensure that you’ll receive CPI.
  • The draft document will keep your rates below that of their competitors

REDUNDANCY PROVISIONS

  • The draft document will halve your current provisions, only providing the NES minimum

MINIMUM ENGAGEMENT

  • Lowes is looking to cut the minimum engagement (shift) to only 4 hours. Hardly a full working day.

MINIMUM HOURS

  • The proposed document will remove the requirement for start and end times for shifts, while also cutting away the need to provide you with proper notice and compensation for changes to your shifts.

SUPERANNUATION

  • The document will remove any additional super payments, while keeping your below the level of super that other fuel drivers are on in others companies.

PUBLIC HOLIDAY RATES

  • The current proposal is not a fair rate, less than 200% of the normal rate. Would they expect you to work on Christmas Day for that?

DISCIPLINARY MATTERS

  • Lowes could use warning letters for over 12 months against you without an expiry date on those warnings. That’s just not fair.

There will be another negotiation meeting on the 12th of April, where management has stated they want final positions, presumably they will also put theirs.

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If you want more information call Troy Fernandez on 0411 875 909

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