The Transport Workers Union has demanded better pay and job security protections from major operators, threatening strike action if talks are not held within the next week.
Thousands of workers from Toll, FedEx, Linfox, StarTrack and Bevchain will walk off the job for 24 hours unless the demands are met.
TWU National Secretary Michael Kaine stressed the need for greater protection around jobs, saying “In transport, job security if literally a matter of life or death”.
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TWU has raised the alarm over “the Amazon effect”, claiming it has seen safety measures and pay ditched in a bid to cut costs for Amazon and consequently robbed truckies of safe work with fair pay. 
“Workers know what happens when good, secure jobs are outsourced to the lowest bidder: safety standards plummet while the pressure on drivers skyrocket,” Mr Kaine said.
“Those bravely taking strike action are all that stand between good jobs with safe conditions and yards flooded with insecure work as companies slash costs to remain competitive.”
A date for strike action has not yet been set, however, several negotiation meetings have been scheduled over the coming days, according to the TWU.
On its website, the TWU stated if commitments were not made in the next week “strikes will converge in a national day of action as workers are left with a terrible choice: withdraw their labour, or sign away their job security”.
Thousands of truckies have endorsed a “national day of strikes” to bring attention to a lack of job security guarantees by major transport operators. Picture: Getty Images
Thousands of TrackStar and Toll employees walked off the job in the past two months in a similar strike action protesting pay and work conditions truck drivers were forced to operate in. 
The TWU has been pushing for protections for five months over a rise in outsourcing in the industry. 
Mr Kaine said companies have been delaying deals and finally “the time has come” after months of “putting forward reasonable propositions”. 
“They are not going to be the ones that suffer the wrath of the community in the lead-up to Christmas because these companies are deliberately delaying to that they can slander workers and pressure them to sign away their job security,” he said.
“It’s crunch time – it’s time to settle these deals.”
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On Thursday, StarTrack warned further delays should be expected if workers took more industrial action and denied employees were not protected, saying the company had offered a nine per cent pay rise offer over three years with no cuts to conditions, The Australian reported. 
A Toll spokeswoman also said the threats issued by Mr Kaine and the TWU were “misguided”. 
“Threats of a national strike only risks damaging the progress … made (in negotiations) , and suggest the union is using Toll employees to attack the rest of the industry. Our people enjoy some of the best pay, conditions and job security in the industry,” she added, as reported by The Australian. 

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