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Threat to footy flights help deal Shell deal

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In late September 100% of local aircraft re-fuelers voted to take protected industrial action against their Shell owned employer ZIP Airport Services.

And the muck really hit the fan when a bloke, calling himself by the codename “Out the Gate”, rang radio 6PR’s morning “Rumour File to break the news.

The rumour quickly flared up into a big news story.

A fuel strike would have created chaos for the thousands of Dockers and Eagles supporters planning to fly to Melbourne for the AFL Grand Final.

And the odds of a refuelers strike shortened dramatically when Shell ZIP management failed to turn up to a prearranged meeting with the TWU and drivers.

TWU state secretary Tim Dawson said the TWU had hoped to avoid any inconvenience to the football supporters but he could no longer rule out that possibility.

“The drivers are extremely angry at the utter arrogance of Shell ZIP. And the company obviously has little concern for airline passengers.” Mr Dawson told the various media outlets.

He said the drivers were furious with Shell’s handling of negotiations on a new pay and conditions agreement.

They felt insulted by the firm’s offer of 1.3%’annual pay rises with a “possible” extra 1% if various Key Performance Indicators were met.

However, in the final analysis, the call to 6PR turned out to be a “stroke of genius”.

The media frenzy that ensued after the call resulted in Shell Zip significantly improving their pay offer.

And to sweeten the deal they even offered the drivers a $4000 sign on bonus. Definitely not to be sniffed at.

The company also agreed to pay long service leave at the common hourly rate instead of the base rate, which is approximately a 25% increase.

If we ever find out who “Out The Gate” is we will be buying him a beer or two.

Threat to footy flights help deal Shell deal