Toll signs in­ter­na­tional trans­port union stan­dards un­der­tak­ing

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Group agrees with ITF to abide by in­ter­na­tional labour stan­dards

TOLL GROUP has agreed to abide by in­ter­na­tional labour stan­dards af­ter giv­ing an un­der­tak­ing to the In­ter­na­tional Trans­port Work­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion (ITF), the ‘par­ent body’ of Aus­tralia’s Trans­port Work­ers’ Union (TWU).

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Toll signed the ITF’s ‘global char­ter of prin­ci­ples’, which it said would guide how it made de­ci­sions around con­di­tions for its work­ers across 1,200 sites in 50 dif­fer­ent coun­tries.

The char­ter was launched at an event at the ITF’s newly opened Sin­ga­pore of­fice, and was at­tended by ITF gen­eral sec­re­tary Steve Cot­ton, ITF head of in­land trans­port Noel Coard, TWU na­tional sec­re­tary Tony Shel­don and Toll MD Michael Byrne.

The char­ter fo­cuses on health and safety stan­dards, busi­ness strate­gies and ini­tia­tives, im­prove­ments in work­ing con­di­tions in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries and the devel­op­ment of projects that in­crease in­dus­try stan­dards and safety.

Byrne says the com­pany is tak­ing a lead on im­prov­ing stan­dards for its road trans­port, lo­gis­tics and sup­ply chain work­ers.

“Our agree­ment with the ITF re­flects Toll’s broader com­mit­ment to cre­at­ing a strong and vi­able lo­gis­tics in­dus­try that fos­ters a safe and re­ward­ing work en­vi­ron­ment for all,” he says.

Cot­ton says the agree­ment marks a pro­gres­sive move to­wards rais­ing stan­dards for work­ers.

“The sign­ing of this agree­ment truly shows Toll’s prom­ise to put their work­ers first and we are com­mit­ted to a healthy work­ing re­la­tion­ship with Toll through full and con­struc­tive di­a­logue,” he says.

“The unions we rep­re­sent con­tin­u­ally strive to pro­tect and hon­our their mem­bers and to­day marks a gi­ant step in the right di­rec­tion for rais­ing stan­dards for work­ers.”

“The sign­ing of this agree­ment truly shows Toll’s prom­ise to put their work­ers first”

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