Deliveries of food, fuel and parcels are seriously disrupted as thousands of Australian truck drivers prepare to go on strike
- Thousands of toll truck drivers go on strike for 24 hours from midnight
- Food, fuel and parcel delivery may be disrupted
- Deliveries of vaccines and essential medical supplies would not be disrupted
- Workers protest against the easing of the transport sector
Deliveries of food, fuel and parcels may be disrupted after truck drivers across Australia agree to a strike from midnight.
The 24-hour strike of 7,000 toll drivers is over an employer’s proposal to open work for hired workers and contractors.
The Transport Workers’ Union said supplies of vaccines and essential medical supplies will not be disrupted by the strike.
Negotiations between the drivers and Toll over a new company agreement have failed, with the union claiming the company wants to cut back on overtime paid to permanent employees and bring in casual workers and contractors with lower wages.
The 24-hour strike by 7,000 toll drivers over an employer’s proposal to open up work to workers, hired casual workers and contractors
Transport Workers Union Representative Ian Buckingham speaks with conspicuous truck drivers in Brisbane, Queensland
The Transport Workers’ Union said supplies of vaccines and essential medical supplies would not be disrupted by the strike.
Allan Beacham, president of Toll Global Express, told ABC News the company was prepared to deal with the disruption caused by the strike.
“We planned this event, we didn’t want it to happen and we will leave no stone unturned today to make sure we put packages on the curb and groceries on the shelves,” he said.
Mr Beacham said Toll would ‘recruit’ casual and subcontractors to fulfill its supply commitments across the country, perhaps confirming the union’s fears.
Toll is one of Australia’s largest transport companies, with Coles, Woolworths and McDonalds as customers. It also supplies to many retailers, hospitals and other industries.
It is expected that deliveries of certain products could be affected by fewer drivers during the strike.
Up to 15,000 other drivers could also go on strike as a result of the business negotiation process currently underway with the major haulage companies
Up to 15,000 other drivers could also go on strike as a result of the business negotiation process currently underway with the major haulage companies.
The TWU said the transport companies are trying to cut workforces and lower wages.
Drivers know all too well what happens when conditions and pay in transport are dragged down: stressed, chronically fatigued drivers are forced to work long hours, speeding and skipping rest breaks with fatalities and injuries on our roads. roads,” TWU National Secretary Michael Kaine said.
Mr Beacham disagreed that workers would be worse off as a result of the ongoing negotiations.
“Over the past three years, we have reduced our occasional and outside hires by more than 30 percent,” he claimed.
“We don’t intend to erode overtime or benefits, nor do we intend to erode benefits.”