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Metroll Drivers Reject Low Offer

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It was another case of slim pickings at Metroll with the company claiming they had little time room for movement in recent pay negotiations.

Eventually they offered their truck drivers and loaders a 2% pay rise up front and CPI for the second and third years of a three year agreement.

Unfortunately for Metroll the troops voted the lean and mean offer down.

At a tool box meeting days before the vote, managers had told their employees that the company was going great guns. Profits were up and they were planning to buy a fleet of new trucks.

This proved to be a bad move on their part because their employees reckoned if they were doing that well they could pay them a bit more.

So it’s back to square one and more negotiations in the hope we can push up the ante.

In so doing we will be also be keen to maintain the following positive components of the rejected offer. They include:

A $3.30 hiab allowance to our members who drive vehicles with truck mounted cranes.

An $3.30per day for extendable loads.

Because most trucks with hiabs must cart extendable loads that adds up to $6.60 per day extra. It all adds up to more moolah in the hip pocket.

A big thank you to our delegate Darren Bracken for his assistance during the bargaining.