August 6, 2019

Hy-Tec Concrete, Highway Robbery in Regional NSW.

TWU Members will be at a stop work meeting the corner of Lake Road and Jindalee Road, Port Macquarie, at 11am on Tuesday 6 August 2019.

TWU Members at Hy-Tec Concrete on the NSW Mid and North Coast are mystified at the disparity in pay they are receiving. Local Hy-Tec Concrete Drivers are currently earning $23.87 per hour, whilst their counterparts in Sydney are earning in excess of $28.00 per hour.

Mick Forbes, TWU NSW Northern Sub-Branch Secretary is asking why?

“These concrete drivers are doing the same job as their Sydney counterparts, it’s the same company and the same job and should be the same pay,” Mick Forbes said.

Hy-Tec have offered to pay a bonus rate outside of the established Enterprise Agreement. However, this bonus would be subject to safety and productivity fines.

Mick Forbes said “Our members are saying no. If the company can finally decide they can afford this new bonus – that is not subject to the protections offered by the Enterprise Agreement – then why can’t they roll it into the hourly rate for local drivers?”

TWU members have been trying to negotiate a new Enterprise Agreement with Hy-Tec since February of 2018. Members have tried to work with the company, revising the list of demands but Hy-Tec continue to choose to deny workers a fairer set of conditions.

“It’s the same old story, a company profiting off wage differences because they are in regional NSW.” Mick Forbes said.

  • Drivers doing the same job locally at Boral and Hanson are paid in line with Sydney rates.
  • Drivers are currently supplying to the Macksville Hospital extension
  • The Drivers have previously worked on the Kempsey to Euangai and the Urunga to Nambucca upgrades to the Pacific Motorway.

Media / Interview inquiries – Colin Henderson 0405625208


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