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We Went In Hard For The Best Tox Free Deal

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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.

The biggest change concerns 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 but there were many hardships involved and most drivers will be relieved to be on a less arduous two weeks on and two weeks off cycle.

With the changes came the necessity to negotiate a new agreement for the drivers.

Mick Connolly and I visited the Island and assured the drivers we would be going in hard to negotiate the best possible deal.

We explained that the TWU listens to its members and does not take a backward step and that is the way we approached the bargaining.

Tox Free commenced the bargaining with a $120,000 per annum offer– all inclusive, including shift penalties, etc.

This offer was quickly rejected by the TWU who had been appointed as the driver’s bargaining agent.

Up until then the TWU had not had a lot of involvement on the Island and the drivers put a lot of trust in us.

Mick Connolly and I were determined not to let them down.

After a round of meetings on the Island and in Perth we were able to crank the money up to $137,000.

It was a good result and Tox Free also agreed to pay superannuation on the full amount.

Mick and I would like to thank the guys on the negotiating committee Lindsay ‘Rooster’ Bickley, Gavin O’Keefe and Paul Jordan.

The boys did a fantastic job putting forward the issues and they can be proud of the final outcome.