StarTrack and TWU reach deal on EBA


StarTrack Express agrees to 9 per cent pay increases for workers.

StarTrack and TWU reach deal on EBA
StarTrack Express will increase driver wages by 9 per cent under a new enterprise agreement.

 

Drivers working for parcel logistics operator StarTrack Express will receive a 9 per cent pay increase under a new enterprise agreement struck with the Transport Workers Union (TWU).

StarTrack and the union recently reached a deal to govern wages and conditions for StarTrack’s national workforce from now until July 1, 2017.

Drivers will receive a 3 per cent wage rise for the life of the three-year agreement, along with guarantees on job security and regulation of contractors.

"Job security and the creeping expansion of casualisation and outsourcing have been the big issues for StarTrack workers," TWU national secretary Tony Sheldon says.  

"Conditions achieved in this new agreement include significant improvements in job security, stronger worker consultation, improved dispute resolution processes, and a wage increase of 3 per cent per annum for workers."

The agreement includes a commitment from StarTrack to discuss with the TWU its proposal for a fuel efficiency program.

The union wants the company to introduce a driver training program and to share any financial benefit from it between StarTrack and the employees.

The agreement also includes site rates, meaning anyone brought in from a labour hire agency to handle freight will be paid at the same rate as a StarTrack employee.

Furthermore, the TWU says StarTrack employees will get first preference for work.

"StarTrack jobs should be secure jobs that provide a good future for workers and families – and that’s what this agreement is about," Sheldon says.

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