FedEx faces one day strike next Thursday

Move comes as TWU members start StarTrack action

FedEx faces one day strike next Thursday
Michael Kaine addresses the media


The Transport Workers’ Unon’s (TWU’s) enterprise bargaining stoush with FedEx and StarTrack rolls on.

The union states that, after 97% vote in favour, FedEx faces a 24-hour stoppage next Thursday, while StarTrack’s TWU members stopped work today at midnight.

"Talks broke down when the company rejected demands for caps on outside hire and for existing employees to be guaranteed work before contracting out," it said.

"The company has also refused to guarantee same job same pay provisions for outside hire."

Read about earlier claims and responses involving union moves, here

According to TWU national secretary Michael Kaine said the FedEx and StarTrack strikes affecting 6,000 transport workers "show how deeply the insecure work crisis in transport runs.

"Everywhere you look, transport workers are in the fight of their lives to stop insidious cost-cutting plans which would gut the decent jobs that thousands of workers and their families rely on. 

"After responsibly agreeing to defer bargaining for a year, FedEx workers have been battling for job guarantees for six months and management has dismissed them at every turn.

"If FedEx had no plans to outsource work, they would have given a commitment on day one.

"Workers shouldn’t have been put in the position of choosing between strikes and signing a shoddy agreement which would see their jobs express shipped out to the lowest bidder."

He notes that recent ballots of transport workers have resulted in minimum 90% yes votes for strikes across Toll, StarTrack, FedEx, Linfox and Bevchain.


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