Transport allowance has been reinstated and back-pay is being calculated.
As of May 2013 Toll Dnata inexplicably stopped paying you a transport allowance. We are not sure why or how this occurred however once the ASU was made aware that this payment was no longer being received we raised the matter with your management. We made it very clear that the allowance needed to be reinstated and that any back pay that may be owed would have to be calculated and paid.
What is a Transport Allowance & when should it be paid?
Transport allowances are to be paid when you work on a shift that starts before 7am, or on a shift that finishes after 7pm.
The transport allowance is $9.46 per occasion, therefore, if you work five 6am starts in a week you would receive five payments of $9.46 ($47.30) for that week’s pay.
How do I know how much back pay I’m entitled to?
For many individuals this will be a significant amount of money owed and the easiest way to get an indication is to check your records of the shifts that you have worked back to May 2013. Any shifts where you started work prior to 7am, or any shifts that you worked later than 7pm you are entitled to an amount of $9.46 for each of these shifts.
Toll Dnata will calculate what they say you are owed?
The company will provide each person with a summary of what they say you are owed. We advise that you check this against your own records prior to signing off. We will be speaking further with Toll Dnata to work through how we say the process should occur, however we believe that you should be given a calculation detailing what you are owed that you can cross check with your own records and then sign off agreeing that the amount is correct to receive what you are owed. There will also need to be a process for any disputed amounts.
This is why it pays to be in the Union.
Once again the ASU has been involved in rectifying an underpayment and pursuing back pay for you which will result in significant amounts of money being back paid. If you are not yet a member of the Union it is time to get on board with the rest of your workmates and join.
A big year ahead.
It is time to renegotiate your EBA, this is the time that we work on your behalf to secure future pay increases, improvements to your terms and conditions as well as address issues around job security and retaining what you have. To be successful in achieving a good outcome we need to ensure that we work together, the more people that are in the union, the stronger we are and the better the result will be.