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Swan Transit more than just penny-pinching

« Back to News Articles Swan Transit more than just penny-pinching

In the five years I have been looking after our bus drivers, I have seen things that just make you shake your head in wonder. I am always amazed at the lengths some employers will go to, to consciously screw over their drivers.

Case in Point: our most recent trip to the industrial courts with our good friends from Swan Transit. The issue this time is the way Swan paid out its drivers who went across to Path at Welshpool and Kalamunda depots after the recent change of contracts. A basic understanding of what happens in this situation is necessary to grasp what they have done, so here goes…..

•    A driver’s sick leave carries across to the new contractor - Easy.
•    Long Service Leave is carried across if you have been there less than 7 years, or paid out if over 7 years. But the length of service is recognised.
•    And all annual leave is paid out.

Now, when Path lost the Northern depots, they paid out leave loading on ALL the accrued Annual Leave that was owed to drivers. But oh no not Swan! There are two elements to what Swan has done. And what in retrospect, what Swan drivers have allowed Swan to do.

Firstly their current Agreement states that leave loading will only be paid out on completed years of service from anniversary date….so if it’s almost five years you only get loading on four. Easy enough to understand, but hardly fair!

It gets better, or should I say WORSE!

As part of the grievance process in the Swan agreements it clearly says that we can talk and talk and then go to Fair Work Australia for conciliation….. However FWA can do diddly squat, if we can’t agree and Swan decide to VETO arbitration. Which is what they did in this case!

By the way the ‘Agreement’ I am talking about is the deal that Swan rammed through in just over six weeks. The same deal we advised drivers to VOTE NO to! The same agreement that FWA Commissioner described as ‘ while it may not be fair, the drivers from Swan Transit have in essence been the architects of their own demise…….’

What can I say, we tried. Some listened and it was awfully close and I still describe the ballot result as one that means that half your staff still hate ya….

Maybe over the next four long years drivers will take heed and start to listen to the advice the TWU gives at EBA time. Being diddled out of hard earned money does tend to open your eyes a bit.

By the way the majority of ex-Swan drivers I speak to seem content to not be working for Swan. They seem happier at Path. Doesn’t surprise me. Just Sayin.