Courier business employees hit back against safety plan


Union struggles continue over health and safety legislation at a popular courier business

Courier business employees hit back against safety plan
Global couriers FedEx are locked in a dispute with NSW employees

Workers at courier company FedEx are disputing with management over an American built health and safety committee constitution designed to protect Australian FedEx sites.

Health and safety representatives who have been trained by the Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) will continue working with FedEx depots across the Sydney Basin to solve a dispute over the planned company constitution.

The framework has been planned for two years that lays out how health and safety legislation will be interpreted on Australian FedEx locations.

According to the TWU, the constitution suggested by FedEx erodes the rights, powers and functions of health and safety reps in the workplace.

The union says that FedEx didn’t consult with its workers on this framework and is instead operating directly from its Memphis headquarters in America.

The TWU alleges FedEx of telling its managers at the New South Wales division that they would be enforcing global policies when it came to work health and safety.


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TWU found it troubling that multiple Australian managers dealt with the issue and didn’t know what was required of them under Australian workplace safety laws.

But the health and safety reps at FedEx managed to call in the regulator in Comcare, which will now provide an adjudication ruling that FedEx management just include a clause in their constitution that points out FedEx responsibility for compliance with work health and safety legislation.

Compliance with this includes supporting health and safety reps trained by the TWU under their powers in the Work Health and Safety Act.

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