As a union, the work of your TWU goes far beyond simply negotiating EBAs with companies in our industry. We take a strong position on working with members to help enforce and maintain the hard-won union wages and conditions in yards across Queensland.
Recently the union began to perform an audit of outside hire workers at Toll and Linfox to help us get an idea of who is working in our major transport yards, the nature of their employment, and whether or not they’re getting a fair go under the union agreement.
Through our audit, your union has mapped Fleet Operators contracting to our major companies, identifying their pay structure, whether or not they receive entitlements like Superannuation and Workcover and whether or not they’re required to pay for basic maintenance and fuel for their vehicles out of their own pocket.
Building towards our TWU 2020 plan, this work will act as a strong foundation as we seek to build a unified standard for Transport Workers across the supply chain.
We all know that our decentralised industry allows big players in the supply chain like Airports and Supermarkets to put the squeeze on drivers, forcing situations where they have to cut back on maintenance, drive longer hours, or struggle to keep up with the rising cost of living.
This needs to stop.
Your TWU is committed to a sustainable industry. To do this, we’ve prepared our 2020 plan to coordinate EBA expiries and allow everyone in our industry to band together under one united claim.
The power of TWU members in yards across Australia all bargaining as one will be a mighty force. We know that without transport workers, this country grinds to a halt.
These audits are an important part of the groundwork, alongside our EBA alignments and our organisers work to grow our union in collaboration with your local yard delegates.
When 2020 comes, we’ll be ready to win and win big.