Boral folds to avoid TWU strike

Boral Transport accepts new enterprise agreement to stave off union strike

December 16, 2010

Boral Transport has given into union demands for big wage increases to stave off a two-day strike that would have affected its NSW operations.

In a letter to members, NSW Transport Workers Union Secretary Wayne Forno says Boral agreed to a new enterprise agreement which deliver a 9 percent pay increase over the next two and a half years.

He says more than 130 drivers at all Boral depots in NSW were prepared for a stoppage on December 9 and 10 to push for higher wages.

"However, at the eleventh hour, the day before the stoppage was due to commence, the company acceded to our demands," Forno writes.

He labelled the agreement a victory for tipper and tanker drivers after nine months of negotiations with the company.

Under the agreement, Boral will give preference to employees when allocating work and set site rates for labour hire staff.

The TWU is in the middle of negotiating a number of new enterprise agreements, with the federal branch recently securing a generous deal for Australian Air Express workers.

AAE agreed to a 14 percent wage rise over three years and will be forced to open its books to the TWU so the union can scrutinise chain of responsibility systems and safety training programs.

The TWU originally sought a 16 percent wage increase, but agreed to three lots of 4.5 percent and an extra 0.5 percent for the final three months of the agreement.

Workers will receive the first 4.5 percent increase backdated to July 1 this year.

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