TWU focuses on former Wettenhalls staff needs

Union says it will look for positions for those whose jobs weren't saved and push for their entitlements

February 8, 2013

The Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) has flagged an ongoing effort seeking entitlements for former Wettenhalls staff who were not amongst the 200 whose jobs were saved following a management buyout.

TWU Assistant National Secretary Michael Kaine has also pledged to search for positions in other firms for those without jobs.

"This deal to save what remains of the Wettenhalls Group means that, after two weeks of uncertainty, over 200 workers across the country have had their jobs secured," Kaine says.

"However, for hundreds more workers including owner drivers and sub-contractors, the collapse of the Wettenhalls Group, which led to the closure of the Wettenhalls Express Division and the sale of the company’s operations in Warrnambool, has left them high and dry.

"The collapse of the Wettenhalls Group highlights the crushing pressures facing transport operators in today’s market.

"When any company goes into administration, it’s members of the workforce who are the most vulnerable creditors.

"They often feel the impact most acutely and they regularly struggle to recoup the entitlements that they’re owed.

"The TWU is working to get the best outcome for our members and has already been contacted by a number of transport companies looking to fill positions.

"Our members from the Wettenhalls Group and the owner drivers who have lost out from the administration of this company have the full support of this union as we continue the fight for their rightful entitlements and outstanding payments."

It is understood that, of the 450 jobs Wettenhalls was said to hold before it went into receivership, many were casual and that the new owners may seek to re-employ a number of them.

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