Target executives not truck drivers: TWU

Transport company executives should take pay cuts to protect minimum wages or face driver walkout, TWU argues

Transport company executives should take pay cuts to protect minimum wages in the trucking industry or face a walkout of drivers, the Transport Workers Union (TWU) argues.

In line with comments from other union groups, the TWU’s Victorian branch says wages must be protected because the industry cannot afford to more drivers at time of high labour demand.

The ACTU is pushing for wage increases despite businesses arguing they will adversely affect their profitability in light of the global economic downturn.

But Victorian TWU Branch Secretary Bill Noonan claims executives should look at their own wages instead of attempting to halt pay increases for workers.

"The focus should not be on workers pay but rather the management and practices of the employers," Noonan says.

"It is unfair to attack our workers’ pay whilst executives are collecting an unreal pay packet."

Noonan says workers must be looked after amid a worldwide recession to ensure they can feed their families and pay bills, otherwise drivers will "leave the workforce for the dole queue as has happened in the US".

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