Industrial action against Toll on the cards says TWU

24th July 2017 8:48 AM
Toll Group may face industrial action if the TWU ballot is successful. Toll Group may face industrial action if the TWU ballot is successful. Kirstin Payne

INDUSTRIAL action against Toll could soon be on the cards with the Transport Workers' Union lodging a protected action ballot in the Fair Work Commission.  

The action against Toll follows a stall on talks between parties on a number of key issues.  

  "Employees are very angry and very disappointed at the level of intransigence on vital issues. The overwhelming response from the workforce is to seek protected action to demand that Toll begins to see sense.  

" TWU National Assistant Secretary Michael Kaine said.   

"The company has refused to budge on major issues that will affect the livelihoods of transport workers and their ability to support their families. This is about ensuring that Toll retains an experienced, well-trained workforce which has safety and productivity as its number one priority."   

Mr Kaine said workers had shown incredible patience with the company during the negotiations.  

"This patience is now running thin and members have decided the only choice they have is to prepare for action in order to protect quality jobs at Toll and to ensure the company's future prospects," he added.   

Transport workers reached an impasse following months of negotiations over cuts to working hours and the hiring of casuals and labour hire workers.  

Talks also stalled on attempts to limit the range of disputes employees can seek redress on at the Fair Work Commission.

Workers are also concerned by moves to end supply chain auditing, which ensure every worker carting for Toll, including those employed by sub-contractors, receive safe and fair working conditions.   

The TWU has been consulting with transport workers at Toll on the next steps they wish to take.  

In response to the proposed action Tolls says there are comfortable with their position on the matter and say they have also worked in good faith to progress the EBA. 

"We will continue to bargain in good faith with the aim to reach an agreement as soon as possible that balances the needs of our people, customers and the business," a statement from the company read.    Toll sought to affirm should the TWU industrial action be given the go ahead the company has contingency plans in place to ensure, "as far as possible, that customers will not be disrupted".   The protected action ballot is expected to be approved by workers within the coming weeks.

Transport workers will then be able to take a range of actions, from bans on over-time, call backs and paper work to 24-hour work stoppages.