Drivers protest greasy deal
- Jason Marshall
- Thursday, 27 September 2012
Last week members of the Anarchist organized General Transport Workers Association (GTWA) picketed the Dominos Pizza store in Glebe.
The pickets are part of an ongoing national campaign against dramatic pay cuts for delivery drivers.
In April, Dominos in Australia cut the casual rate for delivery drivers by almost 20 per cent to $15.51 per hour, significantly lower than their in-shop counterparts.
They were able to do this because the drivers were not factored into the Enterprise Bargaining Agreement negotiated by the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees (SDA) union in 2001.
The Anarcho-Syndicalist Federation (ASF) established the GTWA and is representing the dominos drivers at Fair Work Australia.
They accuse the SDA of selling out the drivers by negotiating a backroom deal with Dominos to increase the drivers pay by 1 dollar an hour, which is still two thirds less than what they were receiving before the pay cut.
According to a statement on the GTWA website:
“Neither SDA nor Dominos had the decency to advise the drivers that this deal had been made prior to the hearing and the drivers were not even consulted prior to this agreement being made.”
Left wing groups Resistance and Industrial Workers of the World, and some members of the Young Greens joined the ASF picketers in Glebe.
The protest was largely peaceful, a list of demands was read out and one woman upon seeing the banners broke into an old wobblies song.
Pickets were held in solidarity by anarchists at Dominos stores all over the world as part of an international day of action.
By Jason Marshall
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