Deal struck to end feud between TNT and TWU

TNT and TWU reach a compromise on a new enterprise bargaining agreement, ending a bitter feud between both parties

Deal struck to end feud between TNT and TWU
Deal struck to end feud between TNT and TWU
By Brad Gardner | March 29, 2011

TNT Express has given into union wage demands to end a bitter feud between both parties that descended into accusations of violence against union members.

The Transport Workers Union and TNT have reached a deal on a new enterprise bargaining agreement that guarantees workers a 4 percent annual pay rise with a CPI safety net over three years.

Superannuation payments will rise by between 1 and 1.5 percent so long as TNT reaches set profit targets.

The agreement forces TNT to pay labour hire staff at the same rate as permanent employees. The company has also committed to using full-time staff before outside labour.

The TWU last month waged a series of stoppages to pressure TNT to come to the negotiating table.

It claimed TNT contractors purposely rammed union members protesting outside the company’s Enfield depot. TNT strenuously denied the allegations.

Under the new agreement, casuals – including labour hire – will have the option to move to permanent employment after none months.

Agreed increases and consultation provisions for owner-drivers have also been slotted into the agreement. The TWU has won its fight to establish a safe rates committee, which must meet twice a year to discuss outside hire and job security issues.

TWU Managing Director Bob Black previously refused to give into the TWU’s demands. He claimed they would cost the company about $10 million annually and put pressure on its ability to remain viable in Australia.

TNT was forced to bring in extra labour hire workers to cope with the union strikes, which affected delivery schedules and prompted TNT to ask customers to withhold sending non-urgent freight.

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