Fletcher workers fight for fair go
Productivity record-breaking workers at Fletcher Insulation in Dandenong are on indefinite stoppage after being offered 0% wage increases, longer hours and the slashing of conditions in a new Enterprise Agreement.
The Australian Workers’ Union (AWU) Victorian Secretary Ben Davis said that the company’s offer was an insult to a loyal and long-serving workforce.
“It defies logic that workers who have proved they are committed to the company and just months ago set new productivity records, could be treated so shabbily,” he said.
Proposals from the company include demanning, an increase in working hours and the unlimited use of casuals for work usually done on overtime.
“Of 90 operators at Fletcher, between 80% and 90% have been there for more than 13 years and there are well over 30 who have worked there for more than 30 years,” Mr Davis said.
“These are people who have built their lives around the place and certainly deserve a lot better than they have been offered.”
Since the stoppage commenced at 7am last Friday, workers and their supporters have maintained a 24-hour vigil at the gates of their workplace at 127 Frankston-Dandenong Rd.
The AWU continues to attempt to negotiate with the company and is reporting back to members at regular mass meetings.