K&S falls foul of union

TWU launches legal action against K&S Freighters in a move that could set a precedent for trucking companies

K&S falls foul of union
K&S falls foul of union
By Brad Gardner | November 9, 2009

The Transport Workers Union has launched legal action against K&S Freighters in a move that could limit operators from charging drivers for damaging company vehicles.

The TWU wants the Federal Court to overturn K&S’ policy that deducts money from a driver’s wage if they negligently damage a truck.

A spokesman for the union says a company should not be able to take an employee’s pay and that insurance should cover any damage caused.

Holding a press conference in Sydney today, TWU National Secretary Tony Sheldon says the policy must not continue or it will set a precedent for other industries.

"This is the same as a bank blaming their employees if a computer or a chair breaks and then deducting their pay to pay for it. It is totally unreasonable," he says.

The TWU expects the case to be heard later this month after negotiations between the group and K&S earlier this year failed to reach a compromise.

ATN contacted K&S Managing Director Legh Winser but he declined to comment.

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