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- Owner Drivers
- 27th January 2012
When Coles started home delivery services Linfox was contracted to do the work and drivers were paid TWU rates. Then Coles must have decided to take the transport operation in-house and they now employ the drivers. Nothing wrong with that except that the drivers hourly rate of pay dropped by $3
Overtime is not paid on Saturdays and there is no afternoon shift allowance. And we found out that the company is not paying for safety boots and company uniforms. Outrageous!!!
So it wasn't long before we began fielding calls from drivers who were suffering from a pretty dramatic reduction in their income and conditions.
We immediately took things up with Coles' management but ran into some resistance. The people we spoke to insisted that the drivers were retail employees and covered by the shoppies union. This was nonsense because 90% of the drivers work is exactly that - DRIVING. And the union that represents drivers is the TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION. It's a nobrainer.
We have a good relationship with the Shop Assistants Union and our national secretary Tony met with WA secretary Joe Bullock to discuss the issue.
Joe agreed that the drivers belong with the TWU and has taken a truck drivers classification out of their Coles EBA.
As the Wheel went to press our officials were due to meet with senior Coles managers in Melbourne. We are anxious to begin talks on a new TWU agreement for their home delivery drivers.
And hopefully improve their conditions.