Esso/Exxon Mobil maintenance workers are facing a 30% pay cut and snit-family sifts in yet another attempt by a corporate giant to squeeze workers and their communities. It’s an UGLY deal. The rally on Friday 14 July at 11am will start at the Sale Angling Club before a march through the streets, followed by a barbeque. Download the flyer here . Download the petition here . Download an additional flyer here .
GrainCorp grain handlers will vote in the coming days on whether to take protected industrial action in response to a below-inflation wage offer just weeks after the company declared a half year profit of $100 million after tax. Australian Workers’ Union (AWU) Acting Victorian Secretary Liam O’Brien said GrainCorp was treating its grain handlers like second-class citizens. “Grain handlers accepted low pay rises two years ago after GrainCorp cried poor, but it then...
The Australian Workers’ Union (AWU) is seeking a guarantee from Viva Energy that it will not disband the Geelong refinery’s onsite Emergency Response Group (ERG). AWU Victorian Secretary Ben Davis said breaking up the ERG posed unacceptable risks to the workforce, the neighbouring community, the environment and responders called in to deal with incidents. “The idea was first raised in January 2016 and met with dismay on all sides, but it is now back on the table,” Mr...
Unions are gearing up for a major campaign against gas giant Esso and its contractor UGL as evidence emerges the companies are employing some of the most heavily criticised tactics used by bruised beer company Carlton United Brewery (CUB) in its six-month self-declared “war” on its maintenance workers. The Victorian branches of the Electrical Trades Union (ETU), the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) and the Australian Workers’ Union (AWU) say the use of...
There is no local Emergency Response on EastLink today after maintenance contractor Broadspectrum told Australian Workers’ Union members they would not be paid for their work if they went ahead with protected industrial action. The protected action, scheduled to start today, comes after six months of negotiation towards a new Enterprise Agreement. The sticking point in those negotiations is that Broadspectrum wants unilateral control over all rostering, while workers...
The Australian Workers’ Union (AWU) has called on Opposition Leader Matthew Guy to immediately sack Shadow Minister for Emergency Services Brad Battin after his systematic smears against Forest Firefighters who fought the Black Saturday fires. AWU Victorian Secretary Ben Davis said Mr Battin’s claims that professional firefighters did not reach fires on Black Saturday for five and a half hours were massively offensive, and only compounded by his subsequent statement...
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