Transport for Australia (TFA) President Dave Hodges has labelled the Queensland government’s attempt to create a “coup” against the ATW “a total waste of time”.
“It’s like they’re trying to kill the union,” Mr Hodges told reporters at the end of a two-day tour of the region.
“They’re just trying to go after it.”
Mr Hodgers said that while the government had proposed a new collective agreement for the ATWA, it had failed to secure the support of the union, which has a “fair share” of the organisation’s staff.
Mr Hodgs said he believed that “a few hundred thousand people” had signed up to the new agreement, but he did not believe that it was strong enough to protect drivers.
“I don’t think it is strong enough,” he said.
Mr Hodges said that the union was “not going to support” the proposed collective agreement. “
It is a very important organisation in our region, I think a very powerful organisation, and I think the government’s a bit naive in thinking that they can make a deal with the union.”
Mr Hodges said that the union was “not going to support” the proposed collective agreement.
“In the end, they’re going to have to walk away and walk away with a few hundred thousands of dollars, so I think that’s a big waste of money,” he added.
“And I don’t believe they should be spending it on a few people.”
‘Fiercely loyal’ Mr Hodged said the ATWM was “fiercely supportive” of TFA.
“We have a very strong membership of the ATWT, that’s why we have a strong relationship with them,” he told reporters.
‘Very clear’ Mr Hodgges said that he was confident the new collective deal would be strong enough and would provide enough protections for drivers. “
But we need the government to back off and get on with it.”
‘Very clear’ Mr Hodgges said that he was confident the new collective deal would be strong enough and would provide enough protections for drivers.
The new agreement would see a significant increase in wages for drivers and drivers’ unions would be required to maintain a minimum wage of $30,000 per year.
“Drivers and union members will get a much better deal than what we have now,” he argued.
“Our union will get an additional $30 million per year to do the job of providing the minimum wage, and it will provide more safety and security for drivers.”
‘Unfair’ Mr Dodson, who is also the CEO of the ABC Transport Unit, welcomed the TFA’s support of TGA and its push for a fair deal for drivers but said that a union that is “not strong enough” to protect the “hardworking” members of its workforce was not strong enough.
“For the union and for the drivers, it’s very clear they can’t get their way,” he explained.
“A lot of the things that the ATWW is trying to achieve for drivers have not been achieved.” “
Mr Dodston said that drivers were “very keen” on the TGA-ATW agreement and “want to see drivers’ rights protected”. “
A lot of the things that the ATWW is trying to achieve for drivers have not been achieved.”
Mr Dodston said that drivers were “very keen” on the TGA-ATW agreement and “want to see drivers’ rights protected”.
“We know from the union that they’ve got a lot to lose if the government doesn’t back off, so we want to see those drivers’ issues addressed and we want them to have a fair wage,” he concluded.
‘I think the union is going to back down’ Mr Gough, the general secretary of the Queensland Transport Workers Association (QTWA), echoed Mr Dodstone’s comments about the union’s support for TGA.
“He [Mr Hodges] is not a fan of the TWA, he doesn’t know what it stands for and that is why he’s so focused on the deal,” Mr Goug told reporters on Wednesday.
“At the end it will all be sorted and I hope it’s a deal that works for both parties.” “
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At the end it will all be sorted and I hope it’s a deal that works for both parties.”
The ABC’s Q&A program airs every Monday at 9:00am on ABC TV.