No dough, no bread
ON AUGUST 27, drivers at bread company Tip Top took a convoy of more than 40 trucks, blaring their horns and bringing traffic to a standstill, when they blockaded the company's headquarters in Sydney's North Ryde.
Drivers, some of whom were even joined by family members at the rally, were protesting the company's ultimatum to "take a pay cut or lose your job".
Similar rallies were held in Canberra and Wollongong which received extensive media coverage from local and metropolitan press and TV stations.
At the heart of the issue was the company's decision to restructure their runs and cut their rates of pay - without any warning or consultation.
More crucially, the company refused to disclose the specifics of restructuring and how they arrived at the figures which resulted in drastic cuts to the units and rates of pay to drivers.
Under this system, most drivers will end up losing as much as 30% of their pay each week.
The TWU approached management at Tip Top in order to rectify this situation, however Tip Top has refused to engage in any meaningful discussions or negotiation.
The workers were given five days to make a decision to either take a pay cut or lose their jobs.
So in a nutshell, these workers have been told "it's our way or the highway".
Even if they do stay, they are caught between the devil and the deep blue sea.
This is deplorable behaviour on the part of Tip Top and we, at the TWU, will do all we can to ensure these drivers get the justice they deserve.