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Toll Energy Boosts Offer For Barrow Tanker Drivers

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The move from the construction to the production phases of the massive Gorgan project on Barrow Island has dramatically changed the working conditions of our members on the Island.

Toll Energy has been contracted by Chevron to cart their diesel fuel on the Island and we have recently completed a new Toll/TWU agreement to cover the drivers.

The biggest change involves the rostering of the FIFO workers who, during the construction phase, worked a brutal 26 days on and 9 days off.

The money was good bu there were many hardships involved and most drivers will be relieved to be a less arduous two weeks on and two weeks off cycle.

With the roster changes came a consequent income reduction and it became our job to restrict the money loss.

Based on Toll's first offer this was not going to be an easy task for myself and our North West organiser Mick Connolly.

However Toll thought it was and decided to put the offer to the troops who overwhelming rejected it.

So it was back to the bargaining table where we met a more understanding and realistic Toll management.

After the usual argy bargy Toll eventually lifted their offer to $120,000 for operators and $130,000 for drivers.

We were also able to reach agreement on:

  • A $5,000 Travel Allowance to compensate for taxis and parking at airports, etc.
  • Airfares to be paid for those who have to travel by plane from Sydney, Brisbane and other eastern states destinations. This can cost up to $10,000 per annum.
  • Superannuation paid on the full salary.

Mick and I thought it was a really good outcome and so did the drivers.

Thanks to the negotiating committee for sticking to their guns and standing strong with us.