FedEx gives in to TWU to pass enterprise agreement

FedEx Express' Australian operations to change proposed enterprise agreement to placate TWU and Fair Work Australia

By Brad Gardner | May 31, 2010

The Australian division of global operator FedEx Express will alter its proposed enterprise agreement to placate the Transport Workers Union and Fair Work Australia.

In a memo sent to staff by FedEx Managing Director Rhicke Jennings, FedEx lists a number of concessions it will make to get its agreement passed.

ATN understands the TWU was opposed to the previous agreement and wanted greater union involvement in the workplace.

Following a meeting with the union and correspondence with Commissioner Ian Cambridge, FedEx will now allow casuals to request a transition to full-time employment after working for the company for a year.

Any changes to rosters will now need to be communicated seven days in advance, while employees will be given more flexibility when they can take unpaid breaks.

"FedEx can only direct you to take annual leave after you have accrued six weeks annual leave (previously four weeks)," Jennings writes in the memo of another change to the agreement.

"The meaning of ‘suitable alternative employment’ for redundancy purposes will be clarified."

FedEx will also apply state laws to long service leave and will amend the section on grievance procedures to meet conditions under the Fair Work Act.

Staff voted on the agreement on May 29 and the result will be unveiled on June 2 when the ballot box is opened and the votes are counted.

If passed, Jennings says the agreement will be lodged with Fair Work Australia.

The TWU will also be named as a party to the agreement.

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