Toll workers endorse new agreement

Toll workers around the country have endorsed a new enterprise agreement that guarantees wage and superannuation increases

October 16, 2013

Lengthy negotiations on a new enterprise agreement for Toll workers across the country have been put to bed, with the company’s workers voting in favour of the deal.

Toll employees yesterday endorsed a new four-year agreement that guarantees a 15.25 per cent wage increase and superannuation payments of up to 13.25 per cent by the end of the agreement.

"Workers in yards across the country have voted overwhelmingly to endorse an agreement that will ensure a fairer, safer future for us and our families," the TWU says.

"TWU members led the fight and said that secure jobs, fair super and moving towards national site rates were worth fighting for."

The vote came after the TWU and Toll last month reached an in-principle deal on a new agreement to head off industrial action and address outstanding concerns on issues such as site rates and job security.

Under the new agreement, Toll will be able to pay lower starting rates to workers when bidding for new jobs. It also has the certainty of no industrial action for four years.

Superannuation payments will be maintained at 3 per cent above the statutory rate up to a cap of 15 per cent.

The union gained a commitment from the company to maintain site rates in New South Wales, with rates in other jurisdictions increasing to the rates in employment awards, plus 10 per cent.

Negotiations between Toll and the TWU hit a low point in August when workers voted in favour of indefinite work stoppages to reach a new deal. The TWU also started legal action, which has now been withdrawn, against Toll after more than 170 workers were prevented from voting on whether to strike.

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