Angry transport supply workers have once more walked off the job in a transfer that may virtually actually trigger widespread parcel supply delays.
Thousands of workers at a significant parcel supply service who worry for his or her job security have walked off the job throughout the nation for the second time this month.
Deliveries had been virtually sure to be affected as hundreds of StarTrack workers started a 24-hour strike at midnight on Wednesday.
Speaking to the media at 8am, Transport Workers Union nationwide secretary Michael Kaine mentioned workers had been protesting the corporate’s transfer to push out work to “cheaper contracted labor”.
“This is a direct threat to these workers and the financial security of themselves and their families,” he mentioned.
“What they want of course is commitments in writing from this company in their agreements that protect that job security – That’s not too much to ask.”
Major transport and logistics corporations throughout Australia have staged a number of protests just lately, together with worldwide parcel large FedEx and alcohol transport firm BevChain.
“Six major transport operators around the country in the last 10 days have settled good strong job security agreements, that’s not good enough,” Mr Kaine mentioned.
He additionally known as out the federal authorities, saying the commonwealth had been “missing in action” to take care of the rise in on-line buying, which was “pulling down standards right across the industry”.
“These workers have had to take the difficult decision to withdraw their labour,” Mr Kaine mentioned.
“They’re legally entitled to do that, but it is difficult to do, and they’ve had to do it simply to bring StarTrack back to the table. They’ve abandoned negotiations, that’s bewildering, these workers are ready to get a good fair deal like six other transport companies have around this country.”
But StarTrack – a subsidiary of Australia Post – refuted the claims, arguing the corporate continued to discount in “good faith” and that the TWU was “moving the goalposts”.
“At first it claimed it was about job security, and with a largely agreed approach there, it now claims it’s about pay – this is despite repeated public statements from TWU officials that this is not a wages dispute,” spokesperson Michelle Skehan mentioned.
“StarTrack has some of the best conditions in the industry, and last year we paid all frontline team members a 1 per cent thank you bonus when none of our competitors did.
“StarTrack’s strong offer includes a market-leading guaranteed pay rise of 3 per cent each year, secured and compounding for three years.”
Mr Kaine assured StarTrack would proceed to ship important items all through the strike, however some parcel delays had been to be anticipated.