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Room for improvement in DHL pay agreement

« Back to News Articles Room for improvement in DHL pay agreement

DHLA couple of DHL courier van drivers came to see me about a month back with a copy of an old non-union workplace agreement they'd been working under. A quick look at the document revealed a couple of issues that concerned me. For starters, meal allowances were included in their pay rate which was a bit of a worry.

There was no mention of how much the merged meal allowance was worth. Nor was it shown separately on drivers' taxation certificates. The award says minimum meal allowance payable is $13.14. And if you are entitled to a meal allowance under an industrial award or agreement you can claim around $24 per meal allowance when you do your tax return.

Meal allowances are also tax free where as ordinary wages are taxable. So the DHL absorption of the allowance into the rate has been very costly for the van drivers.

We also established that the boys were being paid just $18 per hour with no overtime rates - fairly low.

Most drivers do at least 10 hours per day so they were sitting well behind the proverbial eight ball. After our detailed analysis of the DHL agreement we decided a meeting with the company was required. And when we rolled up there was some good news for the troops. The company had been underpaying the majority of existing drivers by $1.50 per hour. Wasn't that interesting - we seem to have that effect upon some people and it was a
great way to get our relationship with DHL up and running.

The majority of drivers will receive nearly 12 months in back pay. Meanwhile we will continue to pursue the meal allowance anomaly. We have told the company we are keen to negotiate a new agreement to replace the old non-union deal which has about 12 months to run.

Most of the drivers have now joined the TWU and Marty Rumford and Jay have been elected as their union delegates. That's Marty with the enviable long curly locks and Jay is on his right.