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Truckies refusing to work overtime

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a sign on the side of a road: Justin Wallace says their demands are in line with the industry standard. © Newshub. Justin Wallace says their demands are in line with the industry standard.


Fuel truck drivers are extending their partial strike out even further after a failed bid.

First Union is pushing for SouthFuels drivers to get time-and-a-quarter after 50 hours a week of work. Drivers are not working overtime until the pay dispute has been solved.

Spokesperson Justin Wallace says their demands are in line with the industry standard.

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"The last offer we came to them with was about $5 an hour after 50, and they haven't agreed to that. Previously we had a verbal agreement that they were going to look at $3 an hour."

He says drivers don't want to put the company "under stress", but has heard the company is having to "juggle" rosters to cover the lack of overtime.

"I honestly feel - and so do the members and so do a lot of the public - that what these guys are wanting for the hours they work is not unreasonable."

SouthFuels has been contacted for comment.

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