Toll eyes negotiated solution to bargaining agreement


TWU on front foot but company confident disruption will be avoided

Toll eyes negotiated solution to bargaining agreement
Toll workforce meeting have been heated

 

Toll appears confident stormy enterprise bargaining negotiations with the Transport Workers Union (TWU) will progress more smoothly after recent ructions.

TWU members at the company have agitated strongly for progress, with both sides noting that meetings in yards around the country recently were "heated".

Workers "challenged management on the stalled enterprise agreement talks involving proposed cuts to working hours" late last week and "overwhelmingly endorsed strike action", the TWU says.

 In response, Toll made an application to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) "for orders to prevent employees or the TWU from taking unprotected industrial action" a Toll spokesperson says.

"On Friday, we took part in a private conference with the TWU, facilitated by the Commission.

"Based on those discussions we are confident that there will be no further disruption to Toll’s operations.

"We will continue to bargain with the TWU in good faith, and look forward to making progress in the further negotiations scheduled for next week."

The TWU puts the heat in present negotiations down to changes it believes have been forced on the workforce due to management shortcomings leading to a weaker financial position for the firm.

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