Today, concrete agitator drivers from all over Sydney, TWU members, working for the company Concrite, took strike action.
Drivers are seeking guarantees on job security because Concrite continues to use labour hire fleet trucks to undercut their own employee pay and conditions. Drivers have stood together maintain their fight for Job security backed up by proper wages and conditions in their enterprise agreement.
TWU State Secretary Richard Olsen said, “Concrite has produced an Enterprise Agreement of their own, and have distributed it to workers. The company are trying to go around the already established workers negotiation committee.”
Drivers met and voted no to the enterprise agreement that was issued by Concrite. The company version of the agreement was not endorsed by the already established TWU and workplace delegates’ negotiation committee.
A four-hour stop work meeting this morning and Concrite workers are already considering their options and endorsing to take further action as necessary.
Managers at Concrite have pushed out, job security, union representation and dispute resolution from their version of the agreement. They have removed the checks and balances that keep workers safe and ensure reasonable conditions and safety at work.
Drivers who are in labour hire fleets are not receiving the proper training or conditions that employee drivers receive. The lack of training is creating dangerous conditions when it comes to safety on our roads and at construction sites. Company actions are doing nothing for the secure job future hoped for by employee drivers already hired by Concrite.
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