FedEx has notified the TWU that workers who participated in four-hour stoppages they will be locked out for the remainder of the shift and the following full shift, meaning many workers will lose out on two days’ pay per action.
FedEx’s decision to invoke this right also provides workers with greater ability to take more disruptive industrial action. Following lockouts, workers are no longer required to provide three full business days’ notice of a strike, allowing them to down tools and walk off the job at any moment.
On Wednesday, talks broke down between TWU members and FedEx after the company refused to even consider a reasonable counter-offer put forward by workers to give them financial security sooner without costing the company more money than has been offered.
The TWU is calling on FedEx to abandon its attacks on workers and settle a fair agreement which locks in job security and repays the hard work and sacrifices made throughout the pandemic.
Here is some of the action across NSW