“We are confident that we will reach an agreement to do so,” a spokesman said. “We have put forward a very fair proposal that balances the wishes of our employees with the needs of the company.” The TWU said discussions that began in March on a new three-year contract resulted in a “dead end” on Toll`s plans to reduce the working hours of full-time workers and recruit more casual workers. Toll truck drivers can go on strike after negotiating a new collective agreement for businesses, and the transport workers` union plans to cast a protected action vote on Friday. Toll workers had already cast a vote in 2013, but the dispute was resolved without the employees going on strike. The TWU said it expected Friday`s vote to be approved by union members. Big boss Michael Byrne, who left rival Linfox at the end of 2014 after nine years at the helm of the truck group, is under pressure to transform the company after Japan Post posted a $4.9 billion writedown in April and cut thousands of jobs. “The TWU has already had a great influence on the Gig Economy. The union helped me win my case when I was unfairly dismissed – the first victory of its kind for food suppliers” “I`ve been a member of the TWU for many years and I`ve seen the strength of transportation workers stick together. The important thing is never to give up the fight! Kaine said Thursday that the toll had “refused to defend itself on important issues affecting the livelihoods of transport workers and their ability to support their families during the EBA negotiations. Toll said it continued to negotiate in good faith with the TWU. A protected action vote submitted to the Fair Work Commission to authorize trade union actions will only be successful if at least 50 per cent of the union`s voting section members take part and more than 50 per cent of the votes cast are in favour of a strike. A vote is expected in the next two weeks. If we can do that, workers will be able to take a number of measures ranging from work bans to 24-hour work stoppages.
So far, the TWU`s 4-year EBA, with a toll, expired on June 30. It is estimated that up to 7,000 members work at Toll. “I want to be part of the transportation and safety industry. I know that this is my union`s first priority. The workers fought hard for a wage subsidy and won. But the fight continues to ensure that all workers are involved after a last-minute loophole ruled out thousands of Australians paying taxes. “This is about ensuring that Toll retains experienced and well-trained staff, whose top priority is safety and productivity,” said Kaine. The possible action is a challenge for Toll`s new management team, which was appointed late last year by Japan`s owner mail to halt a drop in profits. The TWU has previously stated that the toll is in financial difficulty because it allows its companies to cannibalize each other and does not invest enough in new trucks to remain competitive. The TWU stated that discussions had also stalled on attempts to limit the range of disputes that workers can again use the Fair Work Commission and that workers were concerned about the steps to be taken to end the supply chain review.
Toll`s new CEO, Michael Byrne, is under pressure to turn around the new chairman of heavyweight group Josh Robenstone Toll, John Mullen, and has experience in managing industrial issues after negotiating EBA deals with Denas while operating ports and the Asciano rail group, which was split last year. “Employees are very angry and very disappointed by the extent of intransigence on important issues,” said michael Kaine, TWU Assistant Secretary. “The overwhelming reaction of staff is to take protected measures to demand that the toll begin to make sense.”