Tip Top trucks rally in protest

Tip Top drivers in the Illawarra a joining a statewide rally today against what their union says is an ultimatum from the company to take a pay cut or quit.

Drivers are taking their families and their bread trucks to Tip Top’s offices in Oak Flats this morning to protest the company’s recent decision to restructure their runs and cut their rates of pay by up to 30 per cent-plus in some cases.

Transport Workers Union official Lee Lawler said the staff have been given five days to make a decision to either accept the cuts to their pay or lose their jobs.

‘‘It is unfair an unjust to be issuing this kind of ultimatum and telling workers – without any kind of consultation or warning – that you either stay with us on reduced wages or lose your job,’’ Mr Lawler said.

‘‘In plain and simple terms, this is contemptible and deplorable behaviour on the part of Tip Top.

‘‘Many of these workers have already lost substantial cuts to their wages and like ordinary Australians, they have…mouths to feed, bills to pay and other financial commitments.

‘‘Even if they stay, they stay on heavily reduced wages so they are caught between a rock and a hard place – and now face the real prospect of a bleak and uncertain future.’’

A spokesman from Tip Top said the company was “disappointed” with yesterday’s action by the union.

“Tip Top greatly values the service provided by its distributors and it is with regret that a proportion of Tip Top distributors will be adversely impacted by these changes,” the spokesman said.

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