$46 super in six years, transport workers claim
ABOUT 20 workers walked off the job at Darling Downs Express Transport amid claims of unsafe work practices and unpaid superannuation.
Accusations of one staff member being paid only $46 in super over six years were just the tip of the iceberg.
The Wilsonton transport depot came to a standstill for four-and-a-half hours yesterday, workers eventually returning to their posts with the promise of negotiations on Monday.
"We back these truck drivers 100 per cent in fighting for the most basic rights," Transport Workers Union official Brendan Bogle said.
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"This company forces workers to drive un-roadworthy, unregistered trucks and paid one worker only $46 super in six years."
Mr Bogle said unlicensed staff were forced to operate forklifts, did not receive penalty rates to which they were entitled and did not receive meal allowances or annual leave loading.
He also accused the company, which is an agent for Toll Priority on the Darling Downs, of purposely and regularly declaring insolvency in order to avoid paying staff long-service leave.
"The company regularly closes up shop on a Friday and reopens as another entity on Monday," he said.
Staff returned to work at 10am on the proviso that meetings would be held on Monday to work through the issues.
"This action is regrettable, but the workers are beside themselves because they aren't even being paid their basic entitlements," Mr Bogle said.
"We encouraged the guys to show goodwill to the company and go back to work, with the assurance these issues will be dealt with now.
"Hopefully, common sense will prevail."
Darling Downs Express Transport management declined to comment.