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TIL Logistics Group Limited (NZX: TLL) Pacific Fuel Haul Receives Notice of Industrial Action

Friday 4th December 2020

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Pacific Fuel Haul (PFH), a division of TIL Logistics Group Limited, advises that it has been issued with a notice of strike action by First Union, which represents approximately 65% of PFH’s truck driving personnel. The notice proposes a complete withdrawal of labour from 1500 hours on 18 December 2020 until 2359 hours on 24 December 2020.

Pacific Fuel Haul has been in involved in collective employment bargaining with the Union since July 2020.

Despite the challenges of COVID-19 and the impact on the business, Pacific Fuel Haul has retained all its drivers over this time. Additionally, the company is offering an increased pay offer to drivers, equal to the increase in the Consumer Price Index, which it believes to be fair and reasonable, given the current environment.

CEO of Pacific Fuel Haul, Stephen Owles, said: “We are concerned that the Union has deliberately targeted a time that will cause the most disruption to our customers and the everyday New Zealanders they serve, in the week before Christmas.

“December is one of our busiest months, with high demand for fuel deliveries to service stations, farms and businesses throughout New Zealand. We are concerned at the impact strike action will have on these businesses and their customers, in what has already been a challenging year.

“Disappointingly, this strategy seems to have become the modus operandi for the Union, with industrial action also notified at this time of the year, just two years ago.

“Pacific Fuel Haul has made it clear it is open to discussions and has indeed, tabled an increased pay offer for drivers. We have been engaged in good faith discussions with the Union and remain positive of a mutually acceptable outcome.“

Pacific Fuel Haul has a history of paying some of the highest rates in the industry, as evidenced by its ability to attract and retain good staff. Following three months of training at an average cost of $28,000 per driver funded by PFH, most drivers are currently earning upwards of $100,000 per year.

Alan Pearson, CEO of TIL said that strike notice was not currently expected to have any material effect on TIL’s results.

See the link below for more details:

TLL- PFH receives notification of industrial action

Source: TIL Logistics Group Limited

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