Border Express to pay up under new deal

Border Express will need to increase wages after the trucking union managed to secure a new deal for drivers

October 15, 2010

Trucking operator Border Express will need to increase wages at one of its depots after the Transport Workers Union managed to secure a new deal for drivers.

Drivers at Border’s Welshpool depot will be given an upfront pay increase of 6 percent, followed by two 4.5 percent rises over a three-year period under an agreement struck between the TWU and the company.

The Western Australian branch of the TWU complained on its website that workers had not had a pay rise in 18 months.

Overtime meal allowances will increase from $11.56 to $20 and early morning and afternoon shift workers will receive 17.5 per cent loading.

"At the beginning of negotiations we told the company they'd been undervaluing their employees and they needed to give staff more incentives to stick with them," the union writes.

"We had been also unhappy with how they were paying their shift allowances."

Border Express declined to comment when contacted by ATN

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