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Toll members urged to reject pay cut

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Earlier this year Toll management from around Australia met with TWU officials – both state and national – and our delegates from all Toll yards to pitch a hard luck story and attempt to persuade us to support a 2% pay cut on behalf of our members.

We said NO WAY but agreed to help them look for cost savings that might help keep them competitive in tendering for work.

As long as there was no financial impact upon our members.

Then on November 26 I walked into what I expected to be a low key committee meeting at Toll Express that would discuss those potential savings.

It turned out every man and his dog was there including Toll state manager Kevin Welch, a heap of depot managers and most of the Toll Express workforce.

It looked like an ambush and certainly felt that way when Kevin Welch launched into an attack upon the TWU for not ensuring his competitors – including Centurion Transport - paid union rates.

He literally blamed us for putting Toll in a position where they had to beg their employees to take a pay cut.

I wasn’t about to accept that crap and told him the TWU does have union agreements with Centurion and we are in the process of negotiating a new one right now.

We fight hard for the best possible outcomes for all members as we do with the Toll Group.

I assured our 40 or so Toll Express members at the meeting that the TWU does not condone pay cuts and that they should reject them.

We don’t believe our members should have to give anything up.

We certainly haven’t heard of any shareholders giving up a cent after they pocketed huge dividends when they recently sold the company to the Japs for a massive 8 billion bucks.

Toll Express will now ask their Toll Express members to vote in favour of accepting the 2% pay cut along with other entitlements they have put up on the chopping block including:

RDO Bonus of time and a half to be deferred and all RDO’s cashed in to be paid at normal time.

Sick Leave bonus to be paid at normal time instead of time and a half.

Meal allowance payment to remain at $20.

• Signing of a new site agreement not to increase wages by 0.25% as previously agreed.

The TWU will be strongly recommending its members VOTE NO to all cut backs.

However, we are a democratic union and the decisions will be in the hands of the Toll Express employees.